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International Olympic Committee suspends Russian Federation from 2018 Winter Olympics

International Olympic Committee suspends Russian Federation from 2018 Winter Olympics”

They also have planned to remove Dmitry Chernyshenko, the CEO of the Sochi Olympic Winter Games Organizing Committee, from the Beijing 2022 Coordination Commission, and also to bar the then minister of sports, Mr. Vitaly Mutko, and his then Deputy Minister, Mr. Yuri Nagornykh, from participation in any Olympic games in the future.

The IOC has already stripped Russia of 11 medals from the Sochi Olympics and banned more than 20 Russian athletes for life.

Rodchenkov's testimony, in concert with evidence unearthed and backed by forensic analysis in a World Anti-Doping Agency investigation, refute efforts by Russian government officials to distance themselves and portray Rodchenkov as a rogue actor, ESPN reported. He also suggested the move was political, and that Moscow was partly to blame for providing the IOC with a convenient pretext to ban its Olympic team. "Secondly, I don't see any reason for a boycott by the Russian athletes because we allow the clean athletes there to participate". The South Korean-born skating legend, is an eight-time gold medalist who obtained Russian citizenship in 2011, after a public falling out with South Korea's skating union. "But the fate of our athletes and preserving our place in the Olympic family is more important", wrote the Sport Express daily.

It's not yet clear if Russian athletes plan to challenge those requirements in court. Russian athletes will have to deemed eligible by a panel headed by Valerie Fourneyron, the chair of the International Testing Association, and that includes a representative from WADA, as well as another anti-doping body.

Russian athletes will be allowed to stand on the medal podium at the Winter Olympics - just not with their anthem playing or their nation's flag rising above them.

"Can't get by without Russia", the pro-Kremlin Izvestia daily headlined its front page, stressing that "Russian Olympic athletes will defend the honour of the Motherland under any banner".

The ministry issued Zakharova's words along with a slogan that spread on social media Tuesday: "No Russia No Games".

The ban is Russia's punishment for a massive state-sponsored doping scheme.

"Throughout history, there were so many things we had to endure from our 'partners, ' " Zakharova said.

"The final decision of course must be made by the Olympic team", he said.

His lawyer, Jim Walden, told reporters Tuesday, "Today's decision sends a powerful message that the International Olympic Committee has joined the world community in saying that Russia's cheating needs to be severely sanctioned".

The head of Russia's Olympic Committee, Aleksander Zhukov, who himself was suspended by the IOC on Tuesday, told reporters after the decision, that it contained "positive and negative sides".

The IOC also will bar Russian officials who were team leaders at Sochi, and coaches or medial staff who have been linked to doping athletes.

It is now likely that a number of Russian champion athletes will compete.

"It was the furthest they could go in terms of levelling a sanction and consequences for what became known about Russian Federation and their doping system", Scott said.

"I have prepared for this for 4 years".



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