Russia will not be allowed to compete in the Olympics.
On Tuesday afternoon the International Olympic Committee banned Russia from competing in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
According to the IOC report, Russia was found guilty of systemic doping stemming back to 2014 Winter Sochi games.
While government officials will not be allowed to attend and the Russian flag will not be flown during the opening ceremony and won’t be present for the duration of the Olympics, individual athletes will be allowed to attend.
A specific panel will choose which Russian athletes are allowed to compete.
From the IOC’s report:
After discussing and approving the Schmid Report, the IOC EB took the following decision:
- To suspend the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) with immediate effect.
- To invite individual Russian athletes under strict conditions (see below) to the Olympic Winter Games Pyeongchang 2018. These invited athletes will participate, be it in individual or team competitions, under the name “Olympic Athlete from Russia (OAR)”. They will compete with a uniform bearing this name and under the Olympic Flag. The Olympic Anthem will be played in any ceremony.
Russia will not be able to win a medal, despite its athletes’ performance. You can read the full International Olympic Committee’s report here.
The Winter Olympics begin February 9, 2018 in Pyeongchang, South Korea.