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Olympics: Russia banned from Pyeongchang Games - IOC

Olympics: Russia banned from Pyeongchang Games - IOC
From Reuters - December 5, 2017

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) - Russia has been banned from the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics after evidence emerged of widespread doping but some of its athletes will be allowed to compete under the tag of Olympic Athlete of Russia, the IOC said on Tuesday.

The International Olympic Committee also decided to suspend Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) president Alexander Zhukov as an IOC member given that his membership is linked to his position as chief of the ROC who have been suspended from the Games.

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko was also banned from any future participation at the Olympic Games.

The IOC told a news conference that the Schmid report confirmed the systematic manipulation of the anti-doping rules and system in Russia.

Samuel Schmid, author of the report, told journalists: The results are not based only on (whistleblower) Grigoory Rodchenkovs testimony. There is scientific evidence, witness statements documents and correspondence.

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