The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has officially banned Russia from participating in the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang.
The IOC say they made the decision after The Schmid Report confirmed that there was “systemic manipulation of the anti-doping rules” by the Russian government during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.
- “Russian authorities developed a system that allowed a Moscow laboratory to routinely change positive test results to negative”
- “Thirty-four Russian athletes tested positive in re-analysis
- “[Confirmed] allegations that some individuals received payments to conceal positive doping tests”
- “Then Russian Minister [Vitaly Mutko] had the ultimate administrative responsibility for the acts perpetrated”