Russia banned from 2018 Winter Olympics for doping

The International Olympic Committee said Tuesday it is banning Russia from the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, after uncovering a long history of doping. The IOC said no Russian officials will be accredited for the event, including the minister for sport and his deputy, and individual athletes will only be allowed under strict conditions wearing a neutral uniform under the Olympic flag. The decision comes after a report confirmed "the systematic manipulation of the anti-doping rules and system in Russia, 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," said the IOC statement. The Russian Olympic Committee has been suspended with immediate effect, it said.

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