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IOC suspends Russian Federation from the PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games

06 December 2017

The collective action comes as an International Olympic Committee commission has disqualified 25 Russian athletes from Sochi, resulting in the loss of 11 medals.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced Tuesday that it has suspended Russia's Olympic team from competing in the 2018 Winter Olympics over allegations of doping.

Here are key dates in the scandal. President Vladimir Putin poses for photographs with numerous Russian winners. The IOC has also banned Mutko and his deputy Yury Nagornykh from future games. due to their direct involvement with the state-sponsored doping.

"They'll be called Russian athletes and not some kind of neutrals. that's very important", Zhukov said.

The IOC ruled that Russian Federation was guilty of executing a state-backed doping program. The IAAF suspends the Russian athletics team.

"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.

WADA's second report into doping and corruption is published.

Some had feared a repeat performance from the International Olympic Committee on Tuesday, despite a second report by McLaren in December 2016 which confirmed that more than 1,000 Russian athletes had been involved in, or benefited from, state-sponsored doping. "That is why the then-sports minister has responsibility for the failure of this system".


In barring Russia's team, Olympic officials left the door open for some Russian athletes.

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The investigation finds the FSB helped "the state-dictated failsafe system" carried out by the sports ministry and covering 30 sports. However, this information was not was not available to the IOC prior to the Olympic Games Rio 2016.

Some Russian athletes may be invited to compete neutrally under specific circumstances.

In 2016, a WADA report found that more than 1,000 Russian competitors in more than 30 sports had been involved in a conspiracy to hide positive drug tests over a five-year period.

The chairman of that disciplinary panel, Swiss lawyer Denis Oswald, reported about prosecuting Russian athletes implicated in cheating at Sochi. Russian President Vladimir Putin has called the doping charges against Russia "a risky return to this policy of letting politics interfere with sport". By Monday, 25 Russians had been disqualified from the Sochi Games and banned from the Olympics for life, and 11 medals were stripped.

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

He says: "This is all because we are such a great sport superpower".

IOC suspends Russian Federation from the PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games