International Olympic Committee bans Russian Federation from 2018 Olympics over doping

Marie Harrington
December 6, 2017

Jim Walden, lawyer for whistle-blower and head of Russia's anti-doping program Dr. Grigory Rodchenkov, made his first public comments following the announcement of the decision of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) regarding banning Russian Federation following investigations of a doping scheme. You can watch it live on YouTube.

Before around 2011-12, athletes were obliged to purchase doping products, pay to cover up their individual test results or both, the commission said.

At the State Kremlin Palace on December 1, FIFA President Gianni Infantino said at a joint news conference with Mutko that the IOC's decision would not affect the World Cup.

The answer, in simple terms, is that it's a strident punishment in response to investigations into the Russian Olympic program's use of performance-enhancing drugs over the past several years.

There had been suggestions beforehand that such a punishment might lead to a wholesale Russian boycott of the Winter Olympics. There were no ideal options, but this decision will clearly make it less likely that this ever happens again.

But that appeal was rejected in light of the conclusions of Samuel Schmid, a former president of Switzerland whom the Olympic committee appointed past year to review the findings of a scathing investigation commissioned by the World Anti-Doping Agency. The investigation was led by Canadian law professor Richard McLaren. Additionally, 25 athletes have been barred from the Olympics for life.

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The Kremlin did not immediately comment on the decision, but on Monday spokesman Dmitry Peskov said it was not considering a boycott, though President Vladimir Putin would make the final decision. Aram... many had anticipated this decision but what are the reasons behind the ban? WADA also suspends Russia's national anti-doping body, RUSADA, over non-compliance.

It looks like Russia's past issues with doping athletes has royally bit them in the ass.

The invitation list will be determined, at its absolute discretion, by a panel chaired by Valerie Fourneyron, Chair of the ITA.

Alexander Zhukov, the Russian Olympic Committee president who also was suspended from his IOC membership, told TV reporters in Lausanne that one key was preserving the name "Russia" in the team name.

The IOC's executive committee announced in a statement that it was barring Russia's national Olympic committee from the Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. 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.

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.

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