Russia Has Been Banned From Competing In The 2018 Winter Olympics

Grigory Rodchenkov

To suspend the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) with immediate effect.

At a press conference, the International Olympic Committee stated that the doping was sponsored by Russian Federation itself during the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, so after consideration, they banned Russian Federation from the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Those athletes who do go to the Games, which start on February 9, will participate under the name "Olympic Athlete from Russian Federation".

Bobsledder Alexei Voyevod, who was last month stripped of the two gold medals he won at the Sochi Olympics, said he would be "proud" of any Russian athletes who boycott the games. Schmid's report confirmed "the systemic manipulation of the anti-doping rules and system in Russian Federation".

In releasing the McLaren report, WADA recommended that the International Olympic Committee ban all Russian athletes and government officials from the 2016 Summer Olympics held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

"The IOC took a strong and principled decision", the USOC said in a statement.

Russian officials have refused to acknowledge the scope and depth of the findings about the country's Olympic teams, saying that the problems were limited to individual athletes.

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Ahead of the IOC's decision, NPR's Lucian Kim visited Moscow's famous Gorky Park to hear what Russians are making of the claims against their country in some of its most revered sports.

"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.

Thomas Bach, the president of the IOC, has said he was perturbed not only by Russia's widespread cheating but by how it had been accomplished: by corrupting the Olympic laboratory that handled drug testing at the games, and on orders from Russia's own Olympic officials.

He was formerly sports minister and continuously denied state-backed doping was going on.

The invitation list will be determined, at its absolute discretion, by a panel chaired by Valerie Fourneyron, Chair of the ITA.

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.

Rodchenkov's testimony, in concert with evidence unearthed and backed by forensic analysis in a World Anti-Doping Agency investigation, refute efforts by Russian government officials to distance themselves and portray Rodchenkov as a rogue actor, ESPN reported.

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