International Olympic Committee bans Russian Federation from Winter Olympics

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As noted, the Russian athletes who were not involved in doping scandal may be allowed to play and compete under a neutral flag. Instead of marching out behind of the Russian flag during the opening ceremonies, they will march behind the Olympic flag.

The president of the Russian skating union has described the decision of offensive and insulting. This opportunity was not available to the IOC prior to the Olympic Games Rio 2016.

Of the growing number of athletes who have been stripped of their medals, Bach said the IOC is looking at how to give the clean athletes who are elevated to the podium the recognition they deserve as they are recognized with Olympic medals.

In an embarrassment for Russia's hosting of the 2018 World Cup, the International Olympic Committee also banned Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko from the Olympics for life. A review of the results from Russian athletes in the past few months has led to the disqualification of more than two dozen Russians from Sochi.

Bach also said the Russian committee must give the IOC $15 million to pay for the doping investigation.

The Russian Olympic Committee was suspended for the 2018 Winter Olympics by the International Olympic Committee on Tuesday due to the country's system of supporting athletes who were using performance-enhancing drugs.


In a historic act of punishment, Russia's flag and anthem will be absent from February's Pyeongchang Games in South Korea as effect for widespread doping that Olympic officials believe was supported by the country's government.

After CAS dismisses the Russian appeal, the International Olympic Committee executive decides that any Russian wanting to compete in Rio will have to prove that he or she was not involved in doping. His spokesman, Dmitry S. Peskov, has said no boycott was under discussion before the announcement, however, and the news broke late in the evening in Moscow when an immediate official reaction was unlikely.

Tuesday's decision may have major consequences for another major sports event, next year's $11 billion soccer World Cup in Russian Federation.

To suspend ROC President Alexander Zhukov as an IOC Member, given that his membership is linked to his position as ROC President. Russian Federation is stripped of four 2014 titles, and a third of their 33 medals, including the two titles won by their Sochi flag carrier, bobsleigh star Alexander Zubkov.

The IOC will issue operational guidelines for the implementation of these decisions.

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