Russian Federation suspended from Winter Olympics, clean athletes can compete as neutrals

IOC suspends Russian NOC and creates a path for clean individual athletes to compete in PyeongChang 2018 under the Olympic Flag

IOC suspends Russian NOC and creates a path for clean individual athletes to compete in PyeongChang 2018 under the Olympic Flag

Yet, if individual athletes from the country wish to compete, they must undergo testing requirements to ensure "a level playing field".

The ban does offer a pathway for individual, clean Russian athletes to still participate in the upcoming Games in Pyeongchang, which start February 9.

If it was a victory to have the word "Russia" in the team name and invite some Russian athletes to compete, it came at a cost.

Scott Blackmun, CEO of the United States Olympic Committee, called the decision "strong and principled".

Mutko heads the organizing committee of soccer's next World Cup. The blanket ban follows a probe into allegations of state-sponsored doping at the 2014 Sochi Games.

"An Olympic boycott has never achieved anything", Bach said at a news conference Tuesday.

The sanctions could be challenged at the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

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

The invitation list will be decided upon by a panel led by the Chair of the Independent Testing Authority (ITA), Velerie Fourneyron, but it will be the International Olympic Committee who ultimately decides who gets to compete in PyeongChang.

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President Vladimir V. Putin seemed to be predicting a boycott of the Pyeongchang Games, since his foreign policy in recent years has been based on the premise that he has rescued Russian Federation from the humiliation inflicted on it by the West after the collapse of the Soviet Union.

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. The commission relied heavily on the testimony of former Moscow laboratory director Grigory Rodchenkov.

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.

The IOC's decision was announced on Tuesday evening by its president, Thomas Bach, after the 14-person executive committee spent the afternoon poring over the final report of the Schmid commission, which has been examining for the past 15 months whether there was an "institutional conspiracy" by Russian officials within the ministry of sport to corrupt the London 2012 Summer Olympics and the 2014 Sochi Winter Games.

To suspend ROC President Alexander Zhukov as an IOC Member, given that his membership is linked to his position as ROC President.

The Schmid report found evidence of "the systemic manipulation of the anti-doping rules and system" which back up previous allegations of government involvement in cheating in the run up to and during the Winter Olympics nearly four years ago.

Bach was joined Tuesday by Samuel Schmid, the former president of Switzerland, who led a commission investigating the allegations against Russian Federation.

After an investigation, the International Olympic Committee began stripping Sochi medals. One Russian was cleared. Aram... many had anticipated this decision but what are the reasons behind the ban?

Meanwhile, Russian coaches and athletes were vehemently condemning the decision and discussing how it could be appealed.

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