Russians can compete at Olympics, but without flag — IOC

IOC ban Russia from 2018 Winter Olympics over doping

IOC ban Russia from 2018 Winter Olympics over doping

The IOC has also banned Russian deputy prime minister Vitaly Mutko from the Olympic movement for life.

Here are key dates in the scandal.

The country may just boycott the games altogether, however.

But all eyes will be on President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday when he is scheduled to speak to his supporters during a planned event.

However in the past month there has been a sea-change in the tone and language of the International Olympic Committee and the World Anti-Doping Agency.

In December of 2016, an extensive report found that roughly 1,000 Russian athletes were part of an "institutional conspiracy" involving doping.

We applaud today's decision by the International Olympic Committee. The IAAF suspends the Russian athletics team. Russian President Vladimir Putin has called the doping charges against Russia "a unsafe return to this policy of letting politics interfere with sport". "That is why the then-sports minister has responsibility for the failure of this system".

Not welcome in Pyeongchang next year will be any sign of the Russian Olympic Committee or any member of its sports ministry, which was responsible for what investigators concluded was a top-to-bottom scheme of "manipulation and cheating" to ensure Russians could dope at the Olympics on their home turf and not get caught.

The last nation to earn a ban from the Winter Olympics was South Africe.

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The IOC executive board made a decision to suspend the ROC with immediate effect.

At Rio, around 270 Russians are cleared to compete, with 111 excluded. The IOC suspended the Russian Olympic committee because of systematic doping at the 2014 Sochi Games.

Twenty-eight Russians competing in Sochi are implicated in cheating by McLaren.

IOC President Thomas Bach called the situation "an unprecedented attack on the integrity of the Olympic Games and sport". Athletes approved by the panel will compete in a uniform with "Olympic Athlete from Russia" written on it and under an Olympic flag.

It is the first time the International Olympic Committee has ever imposed a blanket ban on a country for doping. "This completely contradicts the basic Olympic principles", he told the International Olympic Committee in Lausanne before the decision to ban Russian Federation from the 2018 Olympic Games was announced.

"We will have to discuss this decision", he said.

The IOC ruled that some Russians will be invited to compete as an "Olympic Athlete from Russia (OAR)" without their national flag or anthem.

The answer, in simple terms, is that it's a strident punishment in response to investigations into the Russian Olympic program's use of performance-enhancing drugs over the past several years.

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