Russian athletes made to compete neutrally at Pyeongchang 2018 by IOC

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Russian athletes will only be allowed to participate at Pyeongchang 2018 under a neutral flag, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) have announced here today following the publication of their Schmid Report into Russian doping.

Athletes from the country deemed eligible to participate by a specially convened panel will instead be able to participate under an Olympic Athletes from Russia (OAR) banner.

They will compete under a uniform bearing this name and under the Olympic Flag.

The Olympic Anthem will be played in any medals ceremony.

Russian ice hockey, curling, bobsleigh and relay teams will be able to participate as part of this team.

The decisions came after the IOC Commission chaired by former Swiss Confederation President Samuel Schmid confirmed a “systemic manipulation” of anti-doping results at events including Sochi 2014.

They ruled that the Sports Ministry were responsible and the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC), while not directly involved, had “legal and contractual” responsibility.

In other sanctions, the ROC and its President Alexander Zhukov have both been suspended.

The ROC have also been fined $15 million (£11.20 million/€12.70 million) to “reimburse the costs incurred by the IOC on the investigations and to contribute to the establishment of the Independent Testing Authority (ITA) to build the capacity and integrity of the global anti-doping system”.

Zhukov is also suspended an IOC member and, by definition, as chair of the Coordination Commission for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games …

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