Olympic ban sparks outrage in Russian Federation

Also, the International Olympic Committee put forth a set of conditions for Russian athletes to compete at the PyeongChang 2018 Olympics as neutral athletes. He said that the committee's executive board, "after following due process, has issued proportional sanctions for this systemic manipulation while protecting the clean athletes".

Russian athletes who can prove their innocence of drug cheating will be permitted to compete under the designation of an "Olympic Athlete from Russia (OAR)", the IOC announced in a news release. "The decision that Russian athletes should compete under the Olympic flag as opposed to others is a clear show of discrimination". Yet, if individual athletes from the country wish to compete, they must undergo testing requirements to ensure "a level playing field". "The Olympic Anthem will be played in any ceremony", said a statement on the IOC website.

A 17-month doping investigation headed up by former Swiss president Samuel Schmid found there was "the systemic manipulation of the anti-doping rules and system in Russian Federation".

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A Justice Department spokeswoman said " We are aware of the allegations and are taking any and all appropriate steps". One of the sources said the probe will be completed by " very early next year ".

In releasing the McLaren report, WADA recommended that the International Olympic Committee ban all Russian athletes and government officials from the 2016 Summer Olympics held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The ruling followed an investigation and report into what the International Olympic Committee called "the systemic manipulation of the anti-doping system in Russia".

Russian officials have refused to acknowledge the scope and depth of the findings about the country's Olympic teams, saying that the problems were limited to individual athletes.

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The IOC, at its absolute discretion, will ultimately determine the support staff and officials to be invited from the list.

Russian athletes march at the 2014 Sochi Winter Games.

At the IOC's Congress in Lima to award the 2024 Summer Olympics to Paris and 2028 Games to Los Angeles, 17 national anti-doping agencies including the United States, France, Germany and Britain demand Russia's exclusion from Pyeongchang, calling it "one of the biggest doping scandals in sporting history". A broad investigation is being led by the Inquiry Commission chaired by Samuel Schmid, a former President of Switzerland.

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Meanwhile the credibility of the Russian whistleblower Grigory Rodchenkov, who ran the Moscow anti-doping laboratory before fleeing previous year and revealing what he knew to McLaren, was recently enhanced by the Oswald commission, who confirmed that he was a "truthful witness". Russian Federation is stripped of four 2014 titles, and a third of their 33 medals, including the two titles won by their Sochi flag carrier, bobsleigh star Alexander Zubkov.

  • Ryan Wade