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06 December 2017, 12:55 | Kara Nash
IOC ban Russia from 2018 Winter Olympics over doping
More than two dozen Russian athletes have been disqualified from the Sochi standings as a result, and Olympic officials are still sorting through the tainted results and rescinding medals.
A broad investigation is being led by the Inquiry Commission chaired by Samuel Schmid, a former President of Switzerland. The IOC said they would participate under the tag of "Olympic Athlete of Russian Federation", which essentially means they will compete under a neutral flag.
They will compete with a uniform carrying that name, while the Olympic anthem - and not the Russian one - will be played at any medal ceremony.
Tatyana Tarasova, a prominent Russian figure skating coach, said the International Olympic Committee decision was "absolutely unjust".
While Russia hasn't responded as of this writing, word is that a number of Russian officials have already said they would boycott the International Olympic Committee if this ruling was handed down. "We won't apologize to Bach, to the former president of Switzerland, who prepared this report so sweetly".
"I very much regret that the International Olympic Committee made such a odd decision", Mikhail Fedotov, chairman of the Presidential Council on Human Rights, told Interfax on Tuesday.
The IOC's decision to choose a more moderate path, instead of a blanket ban, does offer some Russian athletes a path to competing in the Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea - although that will be by invitation only and dependent on a stringent testing programme.
Rodchenkov has said he oversaw a state-run doping system that provided hundreds of top athletes with banned performance-enhancing substances for years.
Second part of McLaren Report published, alleging state-sponsored doping by the Russians between 2011 and 2015 with sample tampering at the 2012 London Olympics and Sochi 2014. Those probes have concluded that more than 1,000 Russian athletes across at least 30 sports, including both summer and winter events, had been involved in doping that dated from at least 2011.
That was the punishment issued Tuesday to the proud sports juggernaut that has long used the Olympics as a show of global force but was exposed for systematic doping in previously unfathomable ways.
The commission said it was able to confirm allegations that some individuals received payments to hide positive doping tests, having previously encouraged athletes to purchase doping substances.
Any Russian athlete hoping to earn invitations to Pyeongchang will have to come through a stricter-than-usual testing regime and not have a doping violation on their record.
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