South Korea welcomes Russia's Olympics announcement

JEAN-CHRISTOPHE BOTT  AP

In truth, the International Olympic Committee could hardly fail to act given the evidence uncovered by the explosive World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) sponsored McLaren report and two subsequent International Olympic Committee investigations, which found that Russian athletes had taken part in an elaborate drug cheating programme that reached its zenith at the 2014 Winter Olympics.

— The Russian Olympic Committee is suspended and can not send a team to the Pyeongchang Olympics.

For purposes of comparison, there were 232 Russian athletes at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

Richard McLaren, whose reports into Russian doping provided much of the basis for Tuesday's decision, told CNN that the scandal was a "sad commentary on sport", but added that he was pleased his work had been confirmed by the IOC.

For example, I don't think that [Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly] Mutko, who has created and implemented this system, will pay somehow for it. ...

— The CEO of the Sochi Olympics, Dmitry Chernyshenko, loses his place on an Olympic panel overseeing the 2022 Beijing Winter Games.

As it was reported, the IOC Executive Committee disqualified the Russian Olympic Committee from the winter games.

— Boycott the Pyeongchang Olympics entirely for the first time since the Soviet Union skipped the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics.

But when only officials are sanctioned, as in the case of the International Olympic Committee ban, that spin does not work.

Russian media expressed regret at the decision while welcoming the possibility of some athletes participating in South Korea next year, albeit under tight restrictions.


Jean-Loup Chappelet, an Olympic specialist from the University of Lausanne, said the IOC's decision was "strong because it rested on its credibility regarding the subject of doping and sent the ball into Russia's court". The athletes who have qualified for their event have to prove they are clean athletes.

Putin never went to a Super Bowl, but he's got a championship ring courtesy of New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, who handed it over during a Kremlin visit in 2005 for what he thought was a brief inspection - and never saw it again. It will include the IOC's medical director, Dr. Richard Budgett.

Clean Russian athletes would be allowed to compete under an Olympic flag, the IOC said.

For almost a decade now, the Russians have been running a doping operation that would make El Chapo jealous.

South Korea has invited the North to participate in the games.

"Russia has been punished, including the government in the guise of Mutko, but there exists a way out for those athletes who have nothing to do with this".

"What we will do is make sure we are taking every precaution possible to make sure that [U.S. athletes are] safe and to know everything that's going on around them", Haley said on The Story with Martha MacCallum.

The Olympic Hymn, a fanfare which is played at opening or closing ceremonies.

Ovechkin and other Russian National Hockey League players were already ruled out for the Olympics after the league announced earlier this year it would not interrupt its season for the February Games.

It might not look like a typical Russian team of past Olympics — but it will say "Russia" somewhere on the uniform.

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