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IOC: Russians can compete at Olympics, but without flag

IOC: Russians can compete at Olympics, but without flag

Putin said in October that both a blanket ban and allowing Russian Federation to compete under a neutral flag would be "humiliation for the country".

Russia's Olympic Committee has been ordered to reimburse the IOC's costs of investigating the doping scandal and it must also pay $15 million.

The absence of Russian athletes would sap many events of top competitors. Going forward, previous Minister of Sport, Mr. Vitaly Mutko, and his then Deputy Minister, Mr. Yuri Nagornykh, will be excluded from any participation in all future Olympic Games.

In 2016, a WADA report found that more than 1,000 Russian competitors in more than 30 sports had been involved in a conspiracy to hide positive drug tests over a five-year period. However no announcement has yet been made by the country's president, Vladimir Putin, or the Russian Olympic Committee. They will compete with a uniform bearing this name and under the Olympic Flag.

The answer, in simple terms, is that it's a strident punishment in response to investigations into the Russian Olympic program's use of performance-enhancing drugs over the past several years.

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.

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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.

It is the first time the International Olympic Committee has ever imposed a blanket ban on a country for doping.

That was the punishment issued Tuesday to the proud sports juggernaut that has long used the Olympics as a show of global force but was exposed for systematic doping in previously unfathomable ways. The commission relied heavily on the testimony of former Moscow laboratory director Grigory Rodchenkov.

To withdraw Mr Dmitry Chernyshenko, the former CEO of the Organising Committee Sochi 2014, from the Coordination Commission Beijing 2022.

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.

Russian athletes march at the 2014 Sochi Winter Games. By Monday, 25 Russians had been disqualified from the Sochi Games and banned from the Olympics for life, and 11 medals were stripped.


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