The IOC has announced the suspension of the Russian Olympic Committee and the creation of a path to enable clean Russian athletes to compete at PyeongChang 2018.
The decisions come after the IOC’s Executive Board met in Lausanne to discuss the findings of the Schmid Report, investigating the systematic manipulation of the anti-doping system in Russia.
The disciplinary commission, led by former Swiss President Samuel Schmid, paid particular attention to the manipulation at the anti-doping laboratory for Sochi 2014.
Olympic Athletes from Russia
Whilst the Russian Olympic Committee is suspended with immediate effect, individual Russian athletes may still be able to compete at the upcoming Winter Games in South Korea.
Invited, individual athletes can participate under the name ‘Olympic Athlete from Russia’ (OAR), wearing a uniform with the same name and under the Olympic flag. For any ceremony, the Olympic Anthem will be played.
The athletes will be selected by a special panel, who will only consider athletes who conform to a number of strict principles. Among them, athletes must have not had any previous doping violation and must have undergone all pre-Games targeted testing.
IOC President Thomas Bach called it “an unprecedented attack on the integrity of the Olympic Games and sport.”
Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko, who has been banned from any future participation at an Olympic Games, recently claimed there was “no proof” of systematic doping in the country.