International Olympic Committee bans Russian Federation from 2018 Winter Olympics

08 December, 2017, 01:57 | Author: Irene Delgado
  • International Olympic Committee spokesman Mark Adams attends a press conference during an IOC executive meeting

The executive board ruled that no officials from Russia's sport ministry will be allowed accreditation for the Winter Games in PyeongChang.

Russian athletes competing will carry a neutral flag and the name "Olympic Athlete from Russia." the IOC says.

The IOC on Tuesday banned Russian Federation from the Olympics after evidence emerged of an "unprecedented systematic manipulation" of the anti-doping system.

Any Russian athlete hoping to earn invitations to Pyeongchang will have to come through a stricter-than-usual testing regime and not have a doping violation on their record.

The Russian Investigative Committee said in a statement earlier in November that "The investigation had obtained data that WADA lacked any evidence of Russia's guilt in the mass use of doping by athletes".

At the State Kremlin Palace on December 1, FIFA President Gianni Infantino said at a joint news conference with Mutko that the IOC's decision would not affect the World Cup.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov on Wednesday declined to say whether officials involved in organizing the 2014 Sochi Games, including Mutko, would be punished.

"Punishment usually assumes that we have done something wrong, hence we have to change something", he told VOA Russian, referring to the International Olympic Committee ban. The IOC report, chaired by Samuel Schmid, the former president of Switzerland, concluded that there was systematic, state-supported cheating in Russian Federation.

"It's very hard to take accusations and punishments".

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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.

Dvorkovich did hit out at the IOC, saying its actions "actions pose a manifestation of disrespect to the Olympic Games", he said.

"This is an absolute outrage", said the last Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, quoted by state RIA Novosti news agency.

He also noted that "the president made it perfectly clear that he did not support the idea to prevent the athletes who receive permissions from going to the Olympic Games, as it should be their own decision".

"Every time they were tested there has not been a single positive result, so we are clean".

Pro-Kremlin media focused on discrediting Grigory Rodchenkov, the whistleblower who gave evidence of a state-controlled doping programme in which he played a central role.

The country has been in the spotlight for said allegations since a report by the World Anti-Doping Agency commissioned in 2015 found evidence of state-sponsored doping in Russian Federation, and accused it of systematically violating anti-doping regulations, an NBC News report stated.

As the rest of the world inches closer to the 2018 Winter Olympics, one country is moving further away as the International Olympic Committee instills a suspension on the Russian Olympic team.

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