Friday, 06 December, 2019


Russia's Olympics ban lifted with immediate effect

Sebastian Coe says he has a responsibility to make sure programmes of clean athletes are not put in jeopardy Sebastian Coe says he has a responsibility to make sure programmes of clean athletes are not put in jeopardy
Bennie Garza | 02 March, 2018, 04:56

"Today, we received a letter from the IOC on the reinstatement", Alexander Zhukov, Russian Olympic Committee president, said Wednesday.

Russia's reinstatement followed a decision Sunday by the IOC's executive board, led by Thomas Bach, its president, to bring Russian Federation back into the fold on the condition that the remaining drug tests of its athletes from the Pyeongchang Games be confirmed as negative.

All the remaining tests on the Olympic Athlete from Russia (OAR) team came back negative, the IOC said.

"Therefore, as stated in the Executive Board decision of February 25, the suspension of the Russian Olympic Committee is automatically lifted with immediate effect".

"The Russian Olympic Committee has had its rights fully restored", he said.

However, two Russians, curler Alexander Krushelnitsky and bobsleigher Nadezhda Sergeyeva, were kicked out of the Games after failing their doping tests, with the former stripped of his bronze medal. The only Russians at the March 8-18 Pyeongchang Games will be known as "Neutral Paralympic Athletes", mirroring the IOC's compromise.

Russian Federation won two golds, six silvers and nine bronzes in the PyeongChang Olympics.

"Released in two phases, the McLaren report concluded that Russia's scheme involved more than 1,000 Russian athletes and that it also included plans both for manipulating doping controls and for covering up the system", Bill reported. "The IOC can confirm that all the remaining results are negative". "I thank the fans who did not cross the line and what could result in sanctions".

The ROC's membership in the International Olympic Committee was suspended and Russian Federation was banned from participating in the Pyeongchang games as a team over what the International Olympic Committee described as a state-run, systemic doping program at the Winter Olympics organized by Russian Federation in Sochi in 2014.

OAR members were prohibited from accepting national flags from the crowd, showing national symbols on social media or singing the national anthem inside an Olympic venue. "We sang because we're Russian people and when you win, the anthem is played".

The Russian government has denied any state involvement in the doping plot but a top sports official, Vitaly Mutko, now Russia's deputy prime minister, was suspended by the International Olympic Committee for life. It was in our souls and heart.

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