Russian Federation banned from Olympics, athletes can compete as 'neutral'

Russian Federation banned from Olympics, athletes can compete as 'neutral'

Russian Federation banned from Olympics, athletes can compete as 'neutral'

The IOC has also banned Russian deputy prime minister Vitaly Mutko from the Olympic movement for life.

The decision was announced after top International Olympic Committee officials had met privately with Alexander Zhukov, the president of Russia's Olympic Committee; Vitaly Smirnov, Russia's former sports minister who was past year appointed by Putin to lead a national anti-doping commission to redeem Russia's standing in global sports; and Evgenia Medvedeva, a two-time world skating champion. Their uniforms will bear this name and they will participate under the Olympic flag.

The ruling followed an investigation and report into what the International Olympic Committee called "the systemic manipulation of the anti-doping system in Russia". But, in light of legal appeals from numerous Russian athletes who have been disqualified by the International Olympic Committee, it is uncertain if all results from Sochi will be finalized in time.

The decision by the IOC's executive board follows last year's McLaren Report from the World Anti-Doping Agency, which confirmed that Russia's Olympics program had engaged in an "institutional conspiracy" to beat the system that included using a "mouse hole" to swap out athletes' drug-tainted samples for clean ones.

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The International Olympic Committee on Tuesday banned the entire Russian Olympic team from the 2018 Winter Games in South Korea, over a doping scandal - with the event two months away.

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. Instead, it gave criteria about the eligibility of athletes and left the decisions to the global federations that govern each sport.

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.

The sanctions could be challenged at the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

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The ban does offer a pathway for individual, clean Russian athletes to still participate in the upcoming Games in Pyeongchang, which start February 9.

To suspend ROC President Alexander Zhukov as an IOC Member, given that his membership is linked to his position as ROC President. The two also made a statement applauding the IOC's decision.

Bach was joined Tuesday by Samuel Schmid, the former president of Switzerland, who led a commission investigating the allegations against Russian Federation. They've taken away 11 of Russia's 33 medals.

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