Russian New International Ban: Winter Olympic Games 2018 and a Lot of Doping

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The International Olympic Committee announced Tuesday that Russia has been banned from competing at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea that run from Feb. 9-25.

The decision was made after a 17-month investigation into Russia’s doping program at the Sochi Winter Games in 2014. The committee concluded that Russia engaged in a “systematic manipulation of the anti-doping rules”.

Moreover, the committee also banned two Russian officials — Vitaly Mutko, the minister of sport, and his deputy, Yuri Nagornykh — from any future participation in Olympic events.

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Without Russia at all?

Anyway, Russian athletes still have a chance to compete in the 2018 Games.

the IOC said Tuesday but they need to pass strict scrutiny. The “clean” Russian athletes will compete under the title “Olympic Athlete from Russia (OAR) instead of wearing their nation’s uniform.

“They will compete with a uniform bearing this name and under the Olympic Flag,” the IOC said. “The Olympic Anthem will be played in any ceremony.”

IOC President Thomas Bach called Russia’s concerted attempts to break the rules “an unprecedented attack on the integrity of the Olympic Games and sport,” citing the manipulation of the anti-doping lab at the Sochi Olympics of 2014.

“As a former athlete I am feeling very sorry for all the clean athletes who are suffering from this manipulation… but because we are allowing clean athletes to participate they can set about building a bridge for the future (rather) than erecting a new wall between Russia and the Olympic movement.”

But even that’s not all. Bach also said the Russian Olympic Committee must pay a total of $15 million to pay to reimburse the IOC’s costs of investigating the doping scandal and help set up the new Independent Testing Authority (ITA) “to build the capacity and the integrity of the global anti-doping system.”

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Russia reactions

Russian officials have refused to acknowledge the scope and depth of the findings about the country’s Olympic teams, saying that the problems were limited to individual athletes.  Russian President Putin has called the doping charges against Russia “a dangerous return to this policy of letting politics interfere with sport.”

There’s also a possibility Russia will refuse to take part in the competition and boycott the Games. Vladimir Putin has previously said it would be humiliating for his country to compete without national symbols.

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