A supporter waves a Russian flag in front of the logo of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) at their headquarters on December 5, 2017 in Pully near Lausanne.(FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)

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Russia Banned From Winter Olympics for State-Sponsored Doping

Some athletes will be able to compete at Pyeongchang 2018 under neutral flag.


The Russian Olympic Committee has been banned from next year’s Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. Some athletes will be able to compete under a neutral flag. The Russian Olympic Committee was also ordered to pay $15 million in costs by the International Olympic Committee for its part in the state-sponsored doping program at the Sochi Games in 2014. Any Russian athlete who wants to compete will wear a uniform bearing the name “Olympic Athlete from Russia” and must prove they were not involved in any state-sponsored doping program. They will play under the Olympic flag. Then minister of sport, Vitaly Mutko, and his then deputy minister, Yuri Nagornykh, have both been banned for life.

Read the full story at The Guardian