Published: Wed, December 06, 2017
World Media | By June Phelps

Russian Federation banned from 2018 Winter Olympics over doping

Russian Federation banned from 2018 Winter Olympics over doping

Here are key dates in the scandal.

The Kremlin did not immediately comment on the decision, but on Monday spokesman Dmitry Peskov said it was not considering a boycott, though President Vladimir Putin would make the final decision.

In 2016, a WADA report found that more than 1,000 Russian competitors in more than 30 sports had been involved in a conspiracy to hide positive drug tests over a five-year period. The IAAF suspends the Russian athletics team. It says high-ranking IAAF officials must have known about the wide scope of doping.

Three days after calling the claims "absurd", then Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko changes tack, saying he is "ashamed and sorry".

Some had feared a repeat performance from the International Olympic Committee on Tuesday, despite a second report by McLaren in December 2016 which confirmed that more than 1,000 Russian athletes had been involved in, or benefited from, state-sponsored doping.

"They will compete with a uniform bearing this name (OAR) and under the Olympic Flag", the IOC said in its ruling.

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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.

The investigation finds the FSB helped "the state-dictated failsafe system" carried out by the sports ministry and covering 30 sports.

The IOC's executive committee announced in a statement that it was barring Russia's national Olympic committee from the Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

At Rio, around 270 Russians are cleared to compete, with 111 excluded.

The conclusions of the Schmid Report, on both factual and legal aspects, confirmed "the systemic manipulation of the anti-doping rules and system in Russian Federation, through the Disappearing Positive Methodology and during the Olympic Winter Games Sochi 2014, as well as the various levels of administrative, legal and contractual responsibility, resulting from the failure to respect the respective obligations of the various entities involved".

Twenty-eight Russians competing in Sochi are implicated in cheating by McLaren.

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"This should draw a line under this damaging episode and serve as a catalyst for a more effective anti-doping system led by Wada", said International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach.

It is the first time the International Olympic Committee has ever imposed a blanket ban on a country for doping. The American team now leads the way with the 28 medals it won in 2014, with Norway second - and that's without the redistribution of medals that were taken away from Russian athletes.

The politician is now head of the organising committee for the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation.

"We will have to discuss this decision", he said.

The IOC will invite individual athletes from the country to compete as neutrals at Pyeongchang Games.

The IOC also imposed a fine of $15 million on the Russian Olympic committee to pay for investigations into the case and toward future anti-doping work.

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