IOC bans Russian national participation in 2018 Winter Olympics

IOC bans Russian national participation in 2018 Winter Olympics

[Ed. – Doping.]

Russia has been barred from participating in next year’s Winter Olympics, the International Olympic Committee announced Tuesday, as punishment for a systematic, government-backed doping program that benefited Russian athletes.

As part of the ban, which was first reported Tuesday by The New York Times, individual Russian athletes with clean histories of thorough drug testing could still compete in the 2018 Winter Olympics, scheduled to begin next February in Pyeongchang, South Korea. They will not be allowed to wear Russian uniforms, however, and Russian government officials are barred from attending the 2018 Games.

IOC President Thomas Bach said any athlete who does participate will be referred to as an “Olympic athlete from Russia” and will compete under the Olympic flag. The Olympic anthem will be played for any Russian athletes during medal ceremonies.

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Russia’s flag will not be displayed and its national anthem will not be played.

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