The suspension of the Russian Olympic Committee has been lifted “with immediate effect”.
The ban had been put in place by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in December 2017, meaning Russia was not able to send a team to the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games, following investigations into allegations of a wide ranging doping programme at Sochi 2014. Russian athletes had been prevented from competing for their country and officials denied accreditation to attend events during the suspension.
The lifting of the suspension comes three days after the conclusion of PyeongChang 2018, where Russian athletes who had satisfied all the required testing procedures were allowed to compete as “Olympic Athletes from Russia (OAR)”.
The Russian athletes in Korea marched to the Olympic flag and anthem for the opening and closing ceremonies, competing in neutral coloured uniforms. OAR finished PyeongChang 2018 with 17 medals including two golds, for figure skater Alina Zagitova, and the men’s ice hockey team (pictured).
The full IOC statement regarding the reinstatement reads:
“The final notification of all remaining test results from the Olympic Athlete from Russia (OAR) delegation has been received from the Doping-Free Sport Unit (DFSU). The IOC can confirm that all the remaining results are negative. Therefore, as stated in the Executive Board decision of 25th February the suspension of the Russian Olympic Committee is automatically lifted with immediate effect.”