Russia Banned from 2018 Winter Olympics by IOC

Kristopher Drake
December 6, 2017

Another ARD programme claims that Russian authorities have been covering up for coaches disgraced by the doping programme, directly pinpointing Mutko for his alleged involvement in the cover-up. They would have to pass drug tests to prove they were clean and also did not benefit from the Sochi scheme.

The IOC has also been declaring sanctioned athletes to be ineligible for future Olympics as it strips them of their victories - an approach that has promised to reshape the field for the upcoming 2018 PyeongChang games in South Korea.

"We won't apologize", Pyotr Tolstoy, a leading member of the Russian State Duma, Russia's lower house of legislature, said in remarks broadcast on Channel One, a state-funded television station.

"This was an unprecedented attack on the integrity of the Olympic Games and sport".

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

The absence of Russian athletes would sap many events of top competitors.

Mutko heads the organizing committee of soccer's next World Cup. The IOC has also banned Mutko and his deputy Yury Nagornykh from future games. due to their direct involvement with the state-sponsored doping. "That is why the then-sports minister has responsibility for the failure of this system".

Of the growing number of athletes who have been stripped of their medals, Bach said the IOC is looking at how to give the clean athletes who are elevated to the podium the recognition they deserve as they are recognized with Olympic medals. The bans came as a result of an International Olympic Committee investigation into allegations of widespread doping among Russians and sample tampering by laboratory and security officials at the Sochi Olympics.

The decision stems from an ongoing investigation into state-sponsored Russian doping during the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi.

The invitation list will be decided upon by a panel led by the Chair of the Independent Testing Authority (ITA), Velerie Fourneyron, but it will be the International Olympic Committee who ultimately decides who gets to compete in PyeongChang.

The IOC ruled on Tuesday that the Russian Federation will be barred from the 2018 Winter Olympics in Peyoncheng.

German broadcaster ARD airs documentary alleging systematic doping in Russian athletics. The commission relied heavily on the testimony of former Moscow laboratory director Grigory Rodchenkov. It wants the scientist extradited from the United States, where he is a protected witness.

Russian sports officials lashed out at the decision, with the president of country's skating union calling it "offensive and unjustified". The delegation was led by Zhukov, who was later suspended.

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

The report by IOC-appointed investigator Samuel Schmid, the former president of Switzerland who was asked to verify an "institutional conspiracy", included a 50-page sworn affidavit from Rodchenkov, who was also a key witness for McLaren and an International Olympic Committee disciplinary commission.

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