Russian Federation banned from Olympics, athletes can compete as 'neutral'

Posted December 06, 2017

The International Olympic Committee decided on Tuesday to ban Russia from the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Games, but to allow some Russian competitors still to take part as neutrals.

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

The IOC's executive board announced that it has suspended the Russian Olympic Committee, a move that effectively bans the country nearly two months before the opening of the Games, but created a path for individuals to compete as neutral athletes.

They will compete with a uniform carrying that name, while the Olympic anthem - and not the Russian one - will be played at any medal ceremony. Stay on top of breaking news stories with the ABC11 News AppThe report also addresses, in particular, the manipulation at the anti-doping laboratory at the Olympic Winter Games Sochi 2014 which targeted the Olympic Games directly.

Mutko receives a lifetime Olympic ban for his involvement in Russian doping, raising questions as to whether he can continue in his role as head of the organising committee for next year's World Cup.

More on this as it develops.

Bach and his board have come to their decision after reading through the findings and recommendations of a 17-month investigation headed by the former president of Switzerland, Samuel Schmid.

The commission said that evidence in the McLaren report showed "failure to respect the WADA Code within the various entities under the responsibility of the Russian Ministry of Sport".

German broadcaster ARD airs documentary alleging systematic doping in Russian athletics.

To suspend the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) with immediate effect. The New York Times is reporting that the International Olympic Committee has handed Russian Federation some stiff punishment for their systematic doping. It wants the scientist extradited from the United States, where he is a protected witness.

A delegation from Russia led by Russian Olympic Committee President Alexander Zhokov was on hand at IOC headquarters to receive the first word of the IOC decision.

The IOC will issue operational guidelines for the implementation of these decisions. According to Rodchenkov, he replaced tainted urine samples with clean ones for Russian athletes during the 2014 Sochi Olympics. By Monday, 25 Russians had been disqualified from the Sochi Games and banned from the Olympics for life, and 11 medals were stripped.

On Tuesday, the world of worldwide athletics was upended by some of the biggest news in modern Olympics history.