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Russia Barred From 2018 Winter Olympics Over Doping Allegations

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The International Olympic Committee has banned Russia from next year winter Olympics after it emerged they the federation was involved in systematic doping.

This follows an investigation that revealed that Russian was involved in state sponsored doping at the 2014 winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. The investigation resulted in a recommendation, which IOC President Thomas Bach seemed to have taken.

Bach Said: “This is an unprecedented attack on the integrity of the Olympic Games and sports. This should draw a line under this damaging episode and serve as a catalyst for a more effective anti-doping system.”

The investigation into Russia’s doping started when Russian doctor and the country’s head anti-doping laboratory, Grigory Rodchenkov, stated that the country (Russia) ran a systematic programme that helped its Athletes not only dope but also evade detention by swapping urine samples.

After his statement, the IOC did their own investigation and their findings corroborated what the Doctor said. The Federation has also banned Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister and former Sport Minister Vitaly Mutko from all future Olympics Games.

Vitaly Mutko is currently in charge of Russia’s preparation for the hosting of next year’s World Cup in Russia.

Athletes who were found innocent of the allegations would be allowed to participate in next year’s winter Olympics but under a neutral flag. 25 Russians are already banned for life from the Olympics while they have been banned totally from the Paralympics.

Russia reacted by condemning the decision, especially the decision to make Russian Athletes allowed to participate to do so under a neutral flag.

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