Key findings of the IOC Schmid report on doping in Russian Federation

Key findings of the IOC Schmid report on doping in Russian Federation

The International Olympic Committee says Russian athletes will be able to compete at the upcoming Pyeongchang Olympics as neutrals.

The IOC punishment did leave room for many Russians to compete under the name "Olympic Athlete from Russia" or OAR. Individual cases are being looked at by the Disciplinary Commission, chaired by Denis Oswald, a Swiss lawyer and former International Olympic Committee executive board member.

Figure skating coach Tatiana Tarasova looks on while meeting with the media on December 5, 2017, in Moscow, after the International Olympic Committee announced the decision to ban Russian Federation from 2018 Winter Olympics. However, this information was not was not available to the IOC prior to the Olympic Games Rio 2016.

If it was a victory to have the word "Russia" in the team name and invite some Russian athletes to compete, it came at a cost. The nation's deputy prime minister, Vitaly Mutko, was Russia's top sports official during the 2014 Sochi Games and was directly implicated by Rodchenkov. A review of the results from Russian athletes in the past few months has led to the disqualification of more than two dozen Russians from Sochi.

Mutko receives a lifetime Olympic ban for his involvement in Russian doping, raising questions as to whether he can continue in his role as head of the organising committee for next year's World Cup.

"This was an unprecedented attack on the integrity of the Olympic Games and sport", IOC President Thomas Bach said.

Tatyana Tarasova, a prominent Russian figure skating coach, said the International Olympic Committee decision was "absolutely unjust".

Russia's Olympic team has been barred from the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. In the 2014 Winter Games in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia led the medal count, with 33 overall and 13 golds.

In an elaborate overnight operation at the 2014 Sochi Games, a team assembled by Russia's sports ministry tampered with more than 100 urine samples to hide evidence of top athletes' steroid use throughout the course of competition.

Rodchenkov's testimony, bolstered by two other Russian whistleblowers, has been supported by a series of investigations by the World Anti-Doping Agency since late 2015.

Tuesday's decision may have major consequences for another major sports event, next year's $11 billion soccer World Cup in Russian Federation. By Monday, 25 Russians had been disqualified from the Sochi Games and banned from the Olympics for life, and 11 medals were stripped.



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