International Olympic Committee bans Russian Federation from 2018 Olympics over doping

International Olympic Committee bans Russian Federation from 2018 Olympics over doping

This year the team will be called Olympic athletes from Russian Federation.

"They are humiliating the whole of Russian Federation through the absence of its flag and anthem", he said in televised remarks.

International Olympic Committee commission chairman Samuel Schmid says the doping program "was under the authority of the Russian sports ministry".

The Schmid report found evidence of "the systemic manipulation of the anti-doping rules and system" which back up previous allegations of government involvement in cheating in the run up to and during the Winter Olympics nearly four years ago. In the last month, the IOC's own commission has banned more than 20 Russian athletes from the Olympics for life over doping violations at the 2014 Winter Games that Russia hosted in Sochi.

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.

It was Rodchenkov who first revealed the scale of Russia's cheating and it was his testimony which formed the basis of the second of those WADA investigations, conducted by Canadian law professor Richard McLaren.

The punishment also prevents Russian officials from participating in official Olympic events, including Minister of Sport Vitaly Mutko and Deputy Minister of Sport Yuri Nagornykh, who are permanently banned from all future events.

International Olympic Committee bans Russian Federation from 2018 Olympics over doping
International Olympic Committee bans Russian Federation from 2018 Olympics over doping

The Kremlin did not immediately comment on the decision, but on Monday spokesman Dmitry Peskov said it was not considering a boycott, though President Vladimir Putin would make the final decision.

At a press conference in Lausanne, streamed on the International Olympic Committee website, Schmid said his findings were based on more than just the testimony of Russian whistle-blower Dr Grigory Rodchenkov, the former director of the Moscow anti-doping laboratory who fled Russia in November 2015 and is now in the witness protection scheme in the United States.

ARD airs a second documentary with new accusations aimed at Russian and Kenyan athletes based on a leaked IAAF database with details of 12,000 blood tests from 5,000 competitors which revealed "extraordinary" levels of doping.

"This was an unprecedented attack on the integrity of the Olympic Games and sport", IOC President Thomas Bach said in a statement.

The IOC also will bar Russian officials who were team leaders at Sochi, and coaches or medial staff who have been linked to doping athletes.

The Pyeongchang games run through February 25. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) sets up an independent commission headed by its former chief, Dick Pound, to investigate the claims.

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