Thumbs-up from athletes for International Olympic Committee decision on Russian Federation

06 December, 2017, 01:06 | Author: Edward Snyder
  • The Olympic rings are seen on the facade of the Russian Olympic Committee building in Moscow

When the 2018 Winter Olympics are held in Pyeongchang, South Korea, you won't see any athletes competing under Russia's flag.

The IOC executive board chose to suspend the ROC with immediate effect.

Putin said in October that both a blanket ban and allowing Russian Federation to compete under a neutral flag would be "humiliation for the country". "The decision that Russian athletes should compete under the Olympic flag as opposed to others is a clear show of discrimination".

"They will compete with a uniform bearing this name (OAR) and under the Olympic Flag", the IOC said in its ruling.

The news comes after the IOC announced that they will be taking steps to suspend the Russian Olympic Committee for "systematic manipulation of the anti-doping rules and system".

Bach said he hoped the winter sports superpower would not react by boycotting but state news agency TASS has already reported that Russian television will not broadcast a Winter Games without a recognisably Russian team.

As we learned in the making of our documentary Icarus, the Russian state ran a vast, state-sponsored doping system that made a mockery of the Olympic ideals of brotherhood and fair play.

"This should draw a line under this damaging episode", the International Olympic Committee said in an announcement made by its president, Thomas Bach in Lausanne on Tuesday.




Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko and his deputy minister Yuri Nagornykh are banned from all future editions of the Olympics.

A delegation from Russia led by Russian Olympic Committee President Alexander Zhokov was on hand at IOC headquarters to receive the first word of the IOC decision.

The U.S. Olympic Committee supported the IOC's decision.

The neutral-athlete sanction is based on the approach taken by athletics' world governing body the IAAF at the Rio Games in 2016 and at this summer's World Championships in London.

That is, if Russian President Vladimir Putin allows them to go to the February 9-25 games.

But all eyes will be on President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday when he is scheduled to speak to his supporters during a planned event.

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. Sochi 2014 President Dmitry Chernyshenko has been removed from the 2022 IOC Coordination Commission. But Russia's success at those Olympics, according to former Moscow antidoping lab director Grigory Rodchenkov, came with some assistance behind the scenes. It wants the scientist extradited from the United States, where he is a protected witness.

Speaking earlier Tuesday before the International Olympic Committee announcement, she also said that a blanket ban was undesirable.

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