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International Olympic Committee suspends Russian Olympic Committee for state-sponsored doping
Posted by: pRICE cUBE
Date: December 05, 2017 01:38PM
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The International Olympic Committee Tuesday announced the unprecedented step of suspending the Russian Olympic Committee for "systematic manipulation of the anti-doping rules and system,'' but will permit individual athletes to compete in the upcoming PyeongChang Winter Games if they meet standards determined by an IOC-convened panel.

Any Russian athletes ultimately allowed to compete would do so under the designation "Olympic Athlete from Russia" (OAR) with a corresponding uniform, and would march behind the Olympic flag at Opening Ceremonies and hear the OIympic anthem at medal ceremonies. Officials from the Russian Ministry of Sport, the discredited team that represented Russia at the Sochi 2014 Games, and any coach or doctor affiliated with athletes who committed doping violations will be barred from the Games. Current Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko and his former No. 2 at the Ministry of Sport, Yury Nagornykh, are banned from all future editions of the Games. Mutko only last week presided over the draw for the soccer World Cup to be held in Russia next year.

Russia also will be assessed a $15 million fine to cover the costs of the investigation and to "build the capacity and integrity of the global anti-doping system,'' according to an IOC release.

IOC president Thomas Bach said at a news conference that "every effort" would be made to reallocate 2014 medals to rightful winners in Pyeongchang. In the past, athletes who were "upgraded" have often waited years and received their medals in small, low-profile ceremonies.

The decision represented a reversal of the IOC's reluctance to intervene before the Rio 2016 Games, when decisions on individual athletes were left up to the individual international sports federations and no higher-ranking officials were sanctioned. By contrast, the International Paralympic Committee barred Russia from its Summer Games and is expected to keep that sanction in place for Pyeongchang.

Tuesday's action was based on the findings of the IOC's Schmid Commission, formed in July 2016 to examine the role of Russian officials and institutions in organized doping. The commission, headed by IOC member and former Swiss president Samuel Schmid, relied heavily on the testimony of former Moscow laboratory director Grigory Rodchenkov.




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Re: International Olympic Committee suspends Russian Olympic Committee for state-sponsored doping
Posted by: hal
Date: December 05, 2017 01:57PM
This is a HUGE blow to Russian sports. Russia was going to win the hockey gold medal this year for the first time since pros had been allowed to play because the NHL is not participating this year. Russia has the most high quality players NOT in the nhl than any other country.

Hockey is huge in Russia. Olympics is huge in Russia and the sure thing gold medal this year was gonna be a big deal and a big feather in Putin's cap. He had been 'lobbying' hard, but I guess the bribes weren't big enough.
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Re: International Olympic Committee suspends Russian Olympic Committee for state-sponsored doping
Posted by: vision63
Date: December 05, 2017 02:13PM
That'll make it less enjoyable.
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Re: International Olympic Committee suspends Russian Olympic Committee for state-sponsored doping
Posted by: Steve G.
Date: December 05, 2017 02:19PM
Categorically denied by our sincere Russian friends.
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Re: International Olympic Committee suspends Russian Olympic Committee for state-sponsored doping
Posted by: testcase
Date: December 05, 2017 03:06PM
It took the Olympic Committee this long to figure this out????? confused smiley
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Re: International Olympic Committee suspends Russian Olympic Committee for state-sponsored doping
Posted by: Speedy
Date: December 05, 2017 03:44PM
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testcase
It took the Olympic Committee this long to figure this out????? confused smiley

Like hal said, the bribes stopped being big enough.



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Re: International Olympic Committee suspends Russian Olympic Committee for state-sponsored doping
Posted by: hal
Date: December 05, 2017 03:54PM
Frankly, I bet the bribes were unbelievably huge, but the IOC is on the cusp of losing it all. If they had allowed Russian participation, all credibility would be gone.
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Re: International Olympic Committee suspends Russian Olympic Committee for state-sponsored doping
Posted by: pRICE cUBE
Date: December 05, 2017 05:24PM
If Russian athletes who pass drug tests compete, they will do so under the IOC banner. No marching in with the Russian team or country colors or flags. Russian national anthem will not be played if a Russian athlete wind gold.



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