Russian flag will not fly during the 2018 Winter Olympics

Jerome Frank
Декабря 6, 2017

Athletes approved by the panel will compete in a uniform with "Olympic Athlete from Russia" written on it and under an Olympic flag. That is, if Russian President Vladimir Putin allows them to go to the February 9-25 games.

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

At the IOC's Congress in Lima to award the 2024 Summer Olympics to Paris and 2028 Games to Los Angeles, 17 national anti-doping agencies including the United States, France, Germany and Britain demand Russia's exclusion from Pyeongchang, calling it "one of the biggest doping scandals in sporting history". "Secondly, I don't see any reason for a boycott by the Russian athletes because we allow the clean athletes there to participate".

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

"They'll be called Russian athletes and not some kind of neutrals. that's very important", Zhukov said. The IOC has also banned Mutko and his deputy Yury Nagornykh from future games. due to their direct involvement with the state-sponsored doping.

Ultimately, the IOC's acceptance of the evidence that Russian had run the system led it to a different decision than it reached a year ago when it sought to balance collective responsibility with individual justice.

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

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Russian Sports Ministry officials have apologized for widespread doping among their athletes, but forcefully have denied allegations of government involvement and painted Rodchenkov as a rogue actor.

Invitations will be decided by an International Olympic Committee panel chaired by former France Sports Minister Valerie Fourneyron. As we learned in the making of our documentary Icarus, the Russian state ran a vast, state-sponsored doping system that made a mockery of the Olympic ideals of brotherhood and fair play. In the 2014 Winter Games in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia led the medal count, with 33 overall and 13 golds.

Whistleblower, Grigory Rodchenkov, was the former head of a Moscow drug-testing lab. It wants the scientist extradited from the United States, where he is a protected witness.

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 a year ago 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.

Bach was joined Tuesday by Samuel Schmid, the former president of Switzerland, who led a commission investigating the allegations against Russian Federation. So far the figure stands at 25 athletes, with 11 medals stripped.

At Rio, around 270 Russians are cleared to compete, with 111 excluded. MORE ON THE IOC'S DECISIONAs for athletes, those who considered "clean" will qualify.

Meanwhile, Russian coaches and athletes were vehemently condemning the decision and discussing how it could be appealed.

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