International Olympic Committee bans Russian Federation from Winter Olympics
International Olympic Committee bans Russian Federation from Winter Olympics
Russia suspended from Winter Olympics, clean athletes can compete as neutrals
06 December, 2017, 00:57
Russian Federation will defend its athletes against doping allegations and work to preserve its ties with the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Tuesday. You can watch it live on YouTube. "I suspect the total number of tests will be 20,000", he said. According to The New York Times, Russian officials had threatened a boycott if they were barred from the Olympics.
On Tuesday, that punishment came down. "There were no ideal options, but this decision will clearly make it less likely that this ever happens again", it said. The investigation was led by Canadian law professor Richard McLaren. Russian President Vladimir Putin has previously said it would be humiliating to compete without national symbols.
The Russian authorities have vehemently denied any state involvement in doping and pledged to work with worldwide sports bodies to curb the use of banned performance-enhancing drugs in the country.
Russian lawmakers and other officials quickly rejected the International Olympic Committee decision, saying it was influenced by politics.
"Everyone is talking about how to punish Russia, but no one is talking about how to help Russia", Smirnov said, sipping a hot beverage in the lobby of the Lausanne Palace Hotel before delivering his final appeal to officials that afternoon.
In releasing the McLaren report, WADA recommended that the International Olympic Committee ban all Russian athletes and government officials from the 2016 Summer Olympics held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
It looks like Russia's past issues with doping athletes has royally bit them in the ass.
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Invitations will be decided by an International Olympic Committee panel chaired by former France Sports Minister Valerie Fourneyron.
The commission said it was able to confirm allegations that some individuals received payments to hide positive doping tests, having previously encouraged athletes to purchase doping substances.
Bach was joined Tuesday by Samuel Schmid, the former president of Switzerland, who led a commission investigating the allegations against Russian Federation.
To suspend the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) with immediate effect.
The IOC's executive committee announced in a statement that it was barring Russia's national Olympic committee from the Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
Deputy speaker of Russian parliament's lower house, the State Duma, Pyotr Tolstoy said that Russia should boycott the Games altogether. In a historic act of punishment, Russia's flag and anthem will be absent from February's Pyeongchang Games in South Korea as outcome for widespread doping that Olympic officials believe was supported by the country's government.
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