Russia banned from 2018 Winter Olympics over doping

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Russian Federation has been banned from taking part in the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea due to concerns over doping.

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". They would have to pass drug tests to prove they were clean and also did not benefit from the Sochi scheme.

The IOC also confirmed that these "neutral athletes" will not get to wear any Russian uniform - or hear their country's national anthem - if they win a gold medal.

Bach said: "This should serve as a catalyst for a more effective anti-doping system led by Wada".

"There are some athletes who I know for sure had nothing to do with it, so I don't want them to not be able to race", she said.

If it was a victory to have the word "Russia" in the team name and invite some Russian athletes to compete, it came at a cost. The Olympic Anthem will be played in any ceremony. 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 sanctions could be challenged at the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

The Russian authorities have vehemently denied any state involvement in doping and pledged to work with global sports bodies to curb the use of banned performance-enhancing drugs in the country.

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Invitations will be decided by an International Olympic Committee panel chaired by former France Sports Minister Valerie Fourneyron.

The Russian doping scandal began in Sochi. It wants the scientist extradited from the United States, where he is a protected witness.

Russian officials reacted to the decision by attacking it as unfair.

To suspend ROC President Alexander Zhukov as an IOC Member, given that his membership is linked to his position as ROC President.

The ruling followed an investigation and report into what the International Olympic Committee called "the systemic manipulation of the anti-doping system in Russia".

Samuel Schmid, author of the report, told journalists: "The results are not based only on (Russia's former anti-doping chief-turned-whistleblower) Grigoory Rodchenkov's testimony".

Twenty-eight Russians competing in Sochi are implicated in cheating by McLaren. The IOC also dismissed Dmitry Chernyshenko, former CEO of the Organizing Committee Sochi 2014, from the Coordination Commission Beijing 2022.

At Rio, around 270 Russians are cleared to compete, with 111 excluded. So far the figure stands at 25 athletes, with 11 medals stripped.

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