Published: Wed, December 06, 2017
World | By Melba Underwood

Russia Pays a Price for Doping Scandal

Russia Pays a Price for Doping Scandal

However, they will allow athletes to compete in the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang after approval by an IOC panel.

On the other hand, individual Russian athletes are invited under strict conditions to the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018.

Should Russia boycott the decision, it would mark the first time it has missed the Olympics since boycotting in 1984. Russian President Vladimir Putin has previously said it would be humiliating for Russia to compete without national symbols.

The IOC also imposed a fine of $15 million on the Russian Olympic committee.

In an embarrassment for Russia's hosting of the 2018 World Cup, the International Olympic Committee also banned Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko from the Olympics for life.

The IOC received a report from Samuel Schmid, whose commission was tasked with examining the system, before issuing its decision.

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It said that "the then Russian Minister had the ultimate administrative responsibility for the acts perpetrated at the time within the Russian Ministry or the entities under its responsibility". This media house does not correct any spelling or grammatical error within press releases and commentaries.

Nations have in the past been barred from taking part in the Olympics, notably South Africa during the apartheid years, but none has ever been handed a ban over doping.

The Olympic and Russian flaghs at the closing ceremony of the Sochi Winter Games in 2014.

Ahead of the anti-doping agencies of 17 countries, including the United States, had demanded the International Olympic Committee impose a blanket ban, issuing a collective statement in September that it was time for the body to stop "paying lip-service" to the anti-doping fight.

Thomas Bach, the president of the IOC, has said he was perturbed not only by Russia's widespread cheating but by how it had been accomplished: by corrupting the Olympic laboratory that handled drug testing at the games, and on orders from Russia's own Olympic officials. Athletes in other Summer Olympic sports could compete only if certified by their respective global federations. Any athletes from Russian Federation who receive special dispensation to compete will do so as individuals wearing a neutral uniform, and the official record books will forever show that Russian Federation won zero medals.

International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach, who won two gold medals in fencing for West Germany during the 1970s, was disturbed with what was uncovered. One Russian was cleared. The American team now leads the way with the 28 medals it won in 2014, with Norway second - and that's without the redistribution of medals that were taken away from Russian athletes.

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