Winter Olympics: IOC sees over 20000 drugs tests in Pyeongchang lead-up

Katrina Barker
December 6, 2017

Russians won't compete in the Pyeongchang Olympics under their own flag, if they compete at all, following a decision from the International Olympic Committee on Tuesday.

The IOC made the ruling after a yearlong investigation into systematic doping by Russian athletes.

IOC President Thomas Bach and other members of the Olympic governing body pronounced Russia's fate at a news conference that was scheduled for 1:30 p.m. ET. The Olympic Anthem will be played in any ceremony.

The findings led the committee to strip Russia of some of its medals from the 2014 Sochi Olympics and limit some Russian athletes at the 2016 Rio Olympics - a punishment that was criticized as not severe enough.

The IOC also imposed a fine of $15 million on the Russian Olympic committee.

More on this as it develops.

The Russian doping program caused "unprecedented damage to Olympism and sports", said IOC-appointed investigator Samuel Schmid, the former president of Switzerland who was asked to verify an "institutional conspiracy". Separately, the Oswald commission, set up by the International Olympic Committee to examine Russian doping in Sochi in 2014, began to ban Russian competitors from those Games retrospectively.

Rodchenkov's testimony, in concert with evidence unearthed and backed by forensic analysis in a World Anti-Doping Agency investigation, refute efforts by Russian government officials to distance themselves and portray Rodchenkov as a rogue actor, ESPN reported. The statement said that Schmidt's report had confirmed "the systemic manipulation of the anti-doping rules and system in Russian Federation". It wants the scientist extradited from the United States, where he is a protected witness. The delegation was led by Zhukov, who was later suspended. One Russian was cleared.

Second part of McLaren Report published, alleging state-sponsored doping by the Russians between 2011 and 2015 with sample tampering at the 2012 London Olympics and Sochi 2014. So far the figure stands at 25 athletes, with 11 medals stripped.

International Olympic Committee comes down hard on Russian cheats, stripping Alexander Legkov of his Sochi 50-kilometre cross country gold medal and banning him for life. According to The New York Times, Russian officials had threatened a boycott if they were barred from the Olympics. Russian Federation is stripped of four 2014 titles, and a third of their 33 medals, including the two titles won by their Sochi flag carrier, bobsleigh star Alexander Zubkov.

The banned Russian athletes have said they will appeal the Oswald judgments at the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

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