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Published: Wed, December 06, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Russian Federation banned from 2018 Winter Olympics over doping

Russian Federation banned from 2018 Winter Olympics over doping

Due process, to which every individual and every organisation is entitled, was followed. It is likely to face a legal appeal from Russia's Olympic Committee.

The IOC announced the decision after examining evidence of state-sponsored doping over several years that reached its zenith at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

In barring Russia's team, Olympic officials left the door open for some Russian athletes. Yet, if individual athletes from the country wish to compete, they must undergo testing requirements to ensure "a level playing field". The Olympic Anthem will be played in any ceremony for medals won by these athletes. Mutko is at present the head of the organising committee for the 2018 World Cup and on Friday rejected suggestions that there had been systematic doping. The delegation was led by Zhukov, who was later suspended.

In a statement released after it met in Lausanne, Switzerland, the committee said it had acted upon the recommendations of an IOC commission headed by the former Swiss President Samuel Schmid to investigate Russian doping.

"An Olympic boycott has never achieved anything", Bach said at a news conference Tuesday.

"I very much regret that the International Olympic Committee made such a unusual decision", Mikhail Fedotov, chairman of the Presidential Council on Human Rights, told Interfax on Tuesday.

Russian lawmakers and other officials quickly rejected the International Olympic Committee decision, saying it was influenced by politics.

Athletes must have undergone all the pre-Games targeted tests recommended by the Pre-Games Testing Task Force.

Russian Federation has been banned from next year's Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang and ordered to pay $15m by the International Olympic Committee as a punishment for operating a massive state-sponsored doping programme during London 2012 and the Winter Games staged by Russian Federation in Sochi two years' later.

These invited athletes will enjoy the same technical and logistical support as any other Olympic athlete.

A year ago a whistleblower exposed an intricate method used to tamper with drug testing samples at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. No coaches or medical doctors whose prior athletes have violated anti-doping rules may participate in the 2018 Games.

IOC President Thomas Bach called the situation "an unprecedented attack on the integrity of the Olympic Games and sport".

He continued: "As an athlete myself, I feel very sorry for all the clean athletes from all NOCs who are suffering from this manipulation".

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