Russian Federation barred from competing in Winter Olympics

Russian Federation barred from competing in Winter Olympics

The IOC executive board chose to suspend the ROC with immediate effect.

They will compete as 'Olympic Athletes from Russia (OAR)', in uniforms which bear that acronym, under the Olympic flag.

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.

"They are humiliating the whole of Russian Federation through the absence of its flag and anthem", he said in televised remarks. Should any of those athletes win a gold medal, the Olympic anthem will play instead of the Russian anthem.

WADA's report calls on Russia's track and field team to be banned from worldwide competition, including from the 2016 Rio Olympics, until "state-sponsored" doping is eradicated.

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.

It is the first time the International Olympic Committee has ever imposed a blanket ban on a country for doping.

Mutko, who was also banned from the Rio 2016 Summer Games, had been implicated in the WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency)-commissioned McLaren report.

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Mutko, who was sports minister at the time of the 2014 Sochi Olympics, remains head of the 2018 World Cup organizing committee.

Alexander Zhukov, the Russian Olympic Committee president who also was suspended from his IOC membership, told TV reporters in Lausanne that one key was preserving the name "Russia" in the team name.

We applaud today's decision by the International Olympic Committee. "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". The punishment, which will mean that no Russian athletes will not compete under the country's colors, came amid intense pressure to punish the country for its alleged state-sponsored cover-up of doping by its athletes and is unprecedented in Olympic history.

Not to accredit any official from the Russian Ministry of Sport for the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018. "The IOC [executive board], after following due process, has issued proportional sanctions for this systemic manipulation while protecting the clean athletes", IOC President Thomas Bach said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has previously said it would be humiliating for Russia to compete without national symbols.

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In his affidavit, Rodchenkov said: "I know I have disappointed many friends and colleagues with my duplicity while serving as director of the Moscow lab". The two also made a statement applauding the IOC's decision.

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