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

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

The International Olympic Committee has banned Russian Federation from competing in the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea for systemic doping.

To suspend the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) with immediate effect. However some Russian athletes will be allowed to compete in South Korea under a neutral flag, providing they can prove they are not implicated in the doping scandal and have also undergone regular anti-doping tests. Athletes approved by the panel will compete in a uniform with "Olympic Athlete from Russia" written on it and under an Olympic flag.

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.

WADA's report calls on Russia's track and field team to be banned from global competition, including from the 2016 Rio Olympics, until "state-sponsored" doping is eradicated.

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

The commission based its findings on an independent report by Canadian lawyer Richard McLaren that was commissioned by the World Anti-Doping Agency and published past year.

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko and his deputy minister Yuri Nagornykh are banned from all future editions of the Olympics.

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Russia's doping program "represents an unprecedented attack on the integrity of the Olympic Games", IOC President Thomas Bach said following Tuesday's announcement.

At a press conference in Lausanne, streamed on the International Olympic Committee website, Schmid said his findings were based on more than just the testimony of Russian whistle-blower Dr Grigory Rodchenkov, the former director of the Moscow anti-doping laboratory who fled Russia in November 2015 and is now in the witness protection scheme in the United States. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) sets up an independent commission headed by its former chief, Dick Pound, to investigate the claims.

Bach said: "This should serve as a catalyst for a more effective anti-doping system led by Wada".

The IOC instead asked sports governing bodies to decide which athletes could compete.

The Pyeongchang games run through February 25. There is scientific evidence, witness statements documents and correspondence.

Any sanctions imposed by the International Olympic Committee can also be challenged at CAS, and later at Switzerland's supreme court, which can intervene if the legal process has been abused. We salute whistleblower Dr. Grigory Rodchenkov, who risked so much to tell this story, and support all those who are willing to speak truth to power.

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