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IOC Bans Russia From 2018 Winter Olympics

IOC Bans Russia From 2018 Winter Olympics

Russia's move into wholesale Olympic cheating is often traced to 2010, when the country's athletes fell well short of expectations by winning only 15 medals at the Vancouver Winter Olympics - a bad omen as the country prepared to host the 2014 games in Sochi.

Some Russian athletes will be allowed to attend and compete with special exceptions, but they will do so in a neutral uniform, the International Olympic Committee said.

Speaking at a press conference after the decision was announced, Schmid said that his commission had not found any evidence that the Kremlin was aware of the doping cover-up, but the International Olympic Committee banned Russia's former sports minister and current head of Russia's national soccer association, Vitaly Mutko, for life from the Olympics, along with his former deputy, Yuri Nagornykh.

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Mutko, who was sports minister at the time of the 2014 Sochi Olympics, remains head of the 2018 World Cup organizing committee.

President Putin warns of Russian "humiliation" and serious harm to the Olympic movement if the country is forced to compete under a neutral flag or excluded altogether. The New York Times is reporting that the International Olympic Committee has handed Russian Federation some stiff punishment for their systematic doping.

The commission noted that the McLaren Report did not mention that the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) participated in the system.

In barring Russia's team, Olympic officials left the door open for some Russian athletes.

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Banning an entire country from the Games is an unprecedented move for the IOC.

Nations have in the past been barred from taking part in the Olympics, notably South Africa during the apartheid years, but none has ever been handed a ban over doping. The commission relied heavily on the testimony of former Moscow laboratory director Grigory Rodchenkov.

The executive board reached its decision Tuesday after a scheduled 4 1/2-hour debate when it heard from a Russian delegation that included world figure skating champion Evgenia Medvedeva.

After an investigation, the International Olympic Committee began stripping Sochi medals. Investigators say Russian officials went to elaborate means to ensure a better showing - and it worked, as Russia's athletes more than doubled their medal count by winning 33 medals (13 of them gold), the most of any country.

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