Russia Banned From 2018 Winter Olympics

Russia Banned From 2018 Winter Olympics

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.

The results of the Schmid Report found [via Reuters]:
  • “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”
If they pass drug test, Russian athletes are still invited to compete individually, but they cannot compete under their country’s flag and the Olympics will not play their national anthem.
Russia is expected to appeal the decision.

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