Published: Thu, December 07, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Russian Federation banned from Olympics

Russian Federation banned from Olympics

Still, Haley said she believes President Donald Trump's administration will work to "find out the best way" to make sure the athletes are protected.

The International Olympic Committee's (IOC) executive board announced in Lausanne, Switzerland, this week that it would suspend the Russian Olympic Committee with "immediate effect".

However, it said *individual Russian athletes could be allowed to compete if they can prove and demonstrate a clean, doping-free background.

"It's firm (the decision) while allowing for a future with Russian Federation to be built", said the specialist in the fight against doping.

SOUTH Korea today encouraged Russian athletes to compete in the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics as neutral individuals, following a ban on Russia competing over state-sponsored doping, the Yonhap news agency reported.

Those Russian athletes that agree to compete under a neutral flag will wear special uniforms with the name "Olympic Athlete from Russia (OAR)".

Given that the allegations about Russia's plan to sabotage the anti-doping system at Sochi 2014 have now been corroborated by two International Olympic Committee commissions and a World Anti-Doping Agency-funded investigation, the Russian athletes' chances of overturning their disqualifications look slim, as do their hopes of competing in Pyeongchang. Russian short-track speed skater Viktor Ahn said on Wednesday, he would be competing as a neutral in the PyeongChang Games in what could be his final appearance at the Olympics. But, Walden said Rodchenkov remains fearful for his friends and family who are still in Russian Federation.

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In another development on Wednesday, 22 Russians disqualified from Sochi 2014 for doping offences and banned from the Olympics filed appeals at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

"It is not lost on many clean athletes that Russian athletes who were part of this system may have had no choice but to comply". "Each of them has to make a decision of some kind now".

"Throughout history, there were so many things we had to endure from our 'partners, ' " Zakharova said. "There are positive and negative sides", he said.

The ministry issued Zakharova's words along with a slogan that spread on social media Tuesday: "No Russia No Games".

Six-time Olympic hockey player Hayley Wickenheiser, who was elected to the IOC athletes' commission in 2014, aligns with Kershaw in placing the blame on Russia's sport leaders and not the athletes.

The IOC's decision comes 18 months after it decided not to impose an outright ban on Russian athletes ahead of Rio and told worldwide sports federations to decide individually on the participation of Russians at the Olympics in Brazil.

It is now likely that a number of Russian champion athletes will compete. "I can't just throw it all away", he said, the Russian-language news site Meduza reported.

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