IOC has banned Russia’s Olympic team from the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The Russian government officials are forbidden to attend the event. Its flag will not be displayed and its anthem will not sound at the opening ceremony. But the athletes who can prove that they are clean would be allowed to participate in the winter games under a neutral flag ad wearing a neutral uniform.
This ban is followed by the investigation into allegations of state-sponsored doping at the 2014 Games hosted by Russia in Sochi. The decision was announced after reading through 17 months investigation and its findings, headed up by the former president of Switzerland, Samuel Schmid.
Grigory Rodchenkov, The director of Russia’s anti-doping laboratory during Sochi 2014, was the head of entire investigation. His report says that the country conducted a systematic program of doping and claimed that they created substances to enhance athletes performances and switched urine samples to avoid its detection
The ROC (Russian Olympic Committee) has been suspended but the IOC said that the clean athletes from Russian will compete in February under the name OAR (Olympic Athlete from Russia).
The Games will start on 9 February in South Korea. This winter games will ow miss the one of the powerhouses of Olympic sport.