Published: Wed, December 06, 2017
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Russia's Olympic team banned from Games

Russia's Olympic team banned from Games

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. Russian athletes chosen to compete in the games will do so as an "Olympic Athlete from Russia" (OAR) and wear a specific uniform.

Russia's Olympic Committee has been ordered to reimburse the IOC's costs of investigating the doping scandal and it must also pay $15 million.

ARD airs a second documentary with new accusations aimed at Russian and Kenyan athletes based on a leaked IAAF database with details of 12,000 blood tests from 5,000 competitors which revealed "extraordinary" levels of doping.

The punishment also prevents Russian officials from participating in official Olympic events, including Minister of Sport Vitaly Mutko and Deputy Minister of Sport Yuri Nagornykh, who are permanently banned from all future events.

President Putin warns of Russian "humiliation" and serious harm to the Olympic movement if the country is forced to compete under a neutral flag or excluded altogether.

Those athletes who do go to the Games, which start on February 9, will participate under the name "Olympic Athlete from Russian Federation".

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The Russian authorities have vehemently denied any state involvement in doping and pledged to work with worldwide sports bodies to curb the use of banned performance-enhancing drugs in the country.

Any Russian athlete hoping to earn invitations to Pyeongchang will have to come through a stricter-than-usual testing regime and not have a doping violation on their record.

The IOC decision sparked outrage in Russian Federation, with many saying the country was humiliated and others suggesting to boycott the games. Instead of marching out behind of the Russian flag during the opening ceremonies, they will march behind the Olympic flag.

A partnership agreement has been signed between the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) and the Russian International Olympic University (RIOU) to "fight against doping" in sport in the country.

However in the past month there has been a sea-change in the tone and language of the International Olympic Committee and the World Anti-Doping Agency.

The CEO of the Sochi Olympics, Dmitry Chernyshenko, also had his place on an Olympic panel overseeing the 2022 Beijing Winter Games withdrawn by the IOC. Some Russian officials have threatened to boycott if the International Olympic Committee delivered such a severe punishment. So far the figure stands at 25 athletes, with 11 medals stripped.

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