Russian sporting community react angrily to Winter Olympics ban

Randolph Lopez
December 6, 2017

These invited athletes will participate, be it in individual or team competitions, in the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 under the name "Olympic Athlete from Russia (OAR)".

McLaren's report showed more than 1,000 Russian athletes were involved in a broader system to dope and cover up positive tests.

IOC President Thomas Bach called the situation "an unprecedented attack on the integrity of the Olympic Games and sport". The Olympic Anthem will be played in any ceremony.

The IAAF Council unanimously votes to extend the ban on the Russian athletics federation, but offers an Olympic lifeline to athletes training outside the Russian system to compete in Rio as neutrals.

The IOC also imposed a fine of $15 million on the Russian Olympic committee to pay for investigations into the case and toward future anti-doping work.

More on this as it develops. Separately, the Oswald commission, set up by the International Olympic Committee to examine Russian doping in Sochi in 2014, began to ban Russian competitors from those Games retrospectively.

No member of the leadership of the Russian Olympic Team at the Olympic Winter Games Sochi 2014 can be included on the invitation list. According to Rodchenkov, he replaced tainted urine samples with clean ones for Russian athletes during the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

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Rodchenkov, who was the subject of the Netflix documentary "Icarus" earlier this year, is living somewhere in the United States under the protection of federal authorities.

But that appeal was rejected in light of the conclusions of Samuel Schmid, a former president of Switzerland whom the Olympic committee appointed previous year to review the findings of a scathing investigation commissioned by the World Anti-Doping Agency.

Russian sports officials lashed out at the decision, with the president of country's skating union calling it "offensive and unjustified".

In the space of one month the International Olympic Committee dishes out similar sanctions to 25 Russians from Sochi Games. They've taken away 11 of Russia's 33 medals.

The banned Russian athletes have said they will appeal against the Oswald judgments at the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne. His spokesman, Dmitry S. Peskov, has said no boycott was under discussion before the announcement, however, and the news broke late in the evening in Moscow when an immediate official reaction was unlikely.

Any sanctions imposed by the International Olympic Committee can also be challenged at CAS, and later at Switzerland's supreme court, which can intervene if legal process has been abused.

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