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Russia barred from the 2018 Olympics

Russia has been banned from the 2018 Olympics in South Korea. According to news sky after a 17-month investigation, it was found that Russian athletes were found to be doping as a means of winning a medal.

Double Olympic champion Yelena Isinbayeva says innocent athletes will be punished if the ban remains in place

Yelena Isinbayeva

“Russia fully supports fighting doping,” said Mutko. “However, we firmly believe that clean athletes should not be punished for the actions of others.-BBC

Russia has been suspected to have meddled with the last American election for which some members of the house are trying to impeach President Trump.

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Mutko insists Russia “has done everything that IAAF” has asked it to do in order to be “reinstated to athletic competition” and has hinted his country could take legal action if its athletics federation is not reinstated. Russia says it is being unfairly victimised, claiming other countries have fallen foul of the Wada code, such as Kenya and Ethiopia, but are free to compete.-BBC

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Evgenia Medvedeva will address the IOC as part of a Russian delegation ahead of the organization’s vote on whether to ban the country from the 2018 Olympics. (Kazuhiro Nogi AFP/Getty Images)

The International Olympic Committee is a not-for-profit independent international organization made up of volunteers, which is committed to building a better world through sport. It redistributes more than 90 per cent of its income to the wider sporting movement, which means that every day the equivalent of 3.4 million US dollars goes to help athletes and sports organizations at all levels around the world.-olympic.org

It was found by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) that there was a “systemic manipulation of the anti-doping rules and system in Russia.”

However, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has said that individual “Russian clean athletes” will still be able to take part as neutral competitors at the event in Pyeongchang from 9-25 February next year.-news. Sky

Athletes must be considered clean to qualify from Russia and must sit in front of an IOC panel to be cleared of any anti-doping rule violation and must also go through pre-game targeted testing. Athletes must also go through anyadditional testing specified by the IOC.

Anastasia Dotsenko of Russia crashes as she competes in the FIS World Cup cross-country skiing 3.1km free individual race in Oberhof, Decemb

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)”. They will compete with a uniform bearing this name and under the Olympic Flag. The Olympic Anthem will be played in any ceremony.-olympics.com

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