Monday, 11 December, 2017

International Olympic Committee suspends Russian Federation from 2018 Winter Olympics

IOC ban Russia from 2018 Winter Olympics over doping IOC suspends Russian NOC and creates a path for clean individual athletes to compete in PyeongChang 2018 under the Olympic Flag
Spencer Simpson | 06 December, 2017, 00:21

The conclusions of the Schmid Report, on both factual and legal aspects, confirmed "the systemic manipulation of the anti-doping rules and system in Russian Federation, through the Disappearing Positive Methodology and during the Olympic Winter Games Sochi 2014, as well as the various levels of administrative, legal and contractual responsibility, resulting from the failure to respect the respective obligations of the various entities involved".

In allowing clean athletes to compete, the International Olympic Committee said Tuesday they would do so under the name "Olympic Athlete from Russia" (OAR).

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".

ARD airs a second documentary with new accusations aimed at Russian and Kenyan athletes based on a leaked IAAF database with details of 12,000 blood tests from 5,000 competitors which revealed "extraordinary" levels of doping.

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.

Those probes have concluded that more than 1,000 Russian athletes across at least 30 sports, including both summer and winter events, had been involved in doping that dated from at least 2011.

President Putin warns of Russian "humiliation" and serious harm to the Olympic movement if the country is forced to compete under a neutral flag or excluded altogether. He had suggested banning Russia's Olympic Committee for two years, or until the nation's anti-doping operations are recertified by regulators.

The IOC also expelled Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) members from the IOC, and ordered the ROC to reimburse $15 million that was used for the investigation.

Following the ruling, Russia's former Minister of Sport, Vitaly Mutko, and his then deputy minister, Yuri Nagornykh, have been banned from participating in all future Olympic Games despite their strong denial of the doping allegations. As a result, no official from the Russian Ministry of Sport for the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 will be accredited. The IOC has also banned Mutko and his deputy Yury Nagornykh from future games. due to their direct involvement with the state-sponsored doping.

In Rio, Russia was allowed to field a team that was one-third the normal size, with the IAAF refusing to allow any Russians to compete. The commission relied heavily on the testimony of former Moscow laboratory director Grigory Rodchenkov.

Russian officials reacted to the decision by attacking it as unfair. Sochi 2014 President Dmitry Chernyshenko has been removed from the 2022 IOC Coordination Commission.

Rodchenkov's testimony, bolstered by two other Russian whistleblowers, has been supported by a series of investigations by the World Anti-Doping Agency since late 2015. They've taken away 11 of Russia's 33 medals.

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