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International Olympic Committee bars Russian Federation from competing in 2018 Winter Games

06 December 2017, 01:04 | Myrtle Vega

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However some Russian athletes will be allowed to compete in South Korea under a neutral flag, providing they can prove they are not implicated in the doping scandal and have also undergone regular anti-doping tests.

Russian athletes are among those targeted most with the nation awaiting the International Olympic Committee decision on its participation at February's Pyeongchang winter Olympics following the widespread doping scandal in the country.

In a press release the IOC added that the Russian Olympic Committee must "reimburse the costs incurred by the IOC on the investigations and to contribute to the establishment of the Independent Testing Authority (ITA) for the total sum of United States dollars 15 million, to build the capacity and integrity of the global anti-doping system".

Bach said he hoped the winter sports superpower would not react by boycotting but state news agency TASS has already reported that Russian television will not broadcast a Winter Games without a recognisably Russian team.

The IOC also hit Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko with a lifetime ban from the Olympics over his role in the country's doping program.

It said this confirmed the "unprecedented nature of the cheating scheme and, as a outcome, the exceptional damage to the integrity of the IOC, the Olympic Games and the entire Olympic Movement".

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.

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The International Olympic Committee on Tuesday handed down an unprecedented punishment to Russian Federation over its doping controversy. However no announcement has yet been made by the country's president, Vladimir Putin, or the Russian Olympic Committee.

"An Olympic boycott has never achieved anything", IOC President Thomas Bach said at a news conference.

At a press conference in Lausanne, streamed on the International Olympic Committee website, Schmid said his findings were based on more than just the testimony of Russian whistle-blower Dr Grigory Rodchenkov, the former director of the Moscow anti-doping laboratory who fled Russia in November 2015 and is now in the witness protection scheme in the United States.

The Winter Olympics will be held from February 9-25.

German broadcaster ARD airs documentary alleging systematic doping in Russian athletics. But Russia's success at those Olympics, according to former Moscow antidoping lab director Grigory Rodchenkov, came with some assistance behind the scenes. "Working with the IOC Athletes' Commission, we will now look for opportunities to make up for the moments they have missed on the finish line or on the podium". It wants the scientist extradited from the United States, where he is a protected witness. They've taken away 11 of Russia's 33 medals.

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



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