Published: Mon, February 26, 2018
Medicine | By Daryl Nelson

No Russia flag at PyeongChang Winter Games closing ceremony

No Russia flag at PyeongChang Winter Games closing ceremony

IOC president Thomas Bach said: "Having received the report from the Olympic Athlete from Russia Implementation Group, and following an extensive discussion during the 132nd IOC session, the IOC executive board today decided: First, not to lift the suspension of the Russian Olympic Committee for the closing ceremony of the Olympic Winter Games Pyeongchang 2018".

The International Olympic Committee has voted unanimously against lifting the ban of Russian Federation from the Pyeongchang Winter Games.

It is likely retaliation against the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for banning the Russian team from Olympics because of a widespread doping scheme it used to cheat in previous competitions.

It is not clear whether the disruptions during the opening cermony were the result of that access, but the development is concerning regardless, information security experts said.

"We believe", Tarpischev said, "this should be the end of this big problem". "It is never going to be business as usual any more in the world of sport and in Russian Federation".

However, the IOC commission did recommend lifting the disqualification of the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) as soon as possible, if the remainder of the test samples of Russian athletes come out clean.

Still there were two positive drug tests.

Bach confirmed that the two doping cases in Pyeongchang, involving mixed doubles curling bronze medallist Alexandr Krushelnitckii and bobsledder Nadezhda Sergeeva, played "the major role in coming to the decision of not lifting the suspension".

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Bobsleigh pilot Sergeeva, who finished 12th in the women's two-person bobsleigh with her brakewoman Anastasia Kocherzhova, was thrown out of the Games after testing positive for heart drug trimetazidine. This, despite Russia's continued retaliation against the IOC's main witness, Dr Rodchenkov, and Russia's litany of further transgressions, including denial and obstruction toward the International Olympic Committee and World Anti-Doping Agency.

"We think this is a fair and appropriate sanction", Bach added.

In the aftermath of the opening of the olympics on 9 February, South Korea announced the launch of a survey to try to understand why many sites of the olympic games-2018 had been the victims of untimely disconnection of the internet at the time of the opening ceremony. And the Russian hockey team, with its nail-biting, overtime victory against Germany. This was a clear message.

And above it all: unforgettable experiences for meticulously trained athletes from around the world, all gathered on a mountainous plateau on the eastern Korean Peninsula to test for themselves - and demonstrate to the world - just how excellent they could be.

CAS said, "The athlete has accepted a provisional suspension beyond the period of the Games and reserved his rights to seek the elimination or reduction of any period of ineligibility based on "no fault or negligence" following the conclusion of the Games".

"We will always have positive tests with regard to every nation", he said.

"We have to be realistic". "This fight against doping will never be over".

RUSSIAN spies hacked the 2018 Winter Olympics and tried to make it look like North Korea was to blame, United States officials claim.

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