International Olympic Committee Bans Russia from 2018 Winter Olympics

The International Olympic Committee has banned the Russians from the 2018 Olympics at Pyeongchang for doping – NY Post Photo

LAUSANNE – The International Olympic Committee has banned Russia from competing at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, following a vote on Tuesday.

However, it allows for individual Russian athletes “under strict conditions” to compete as an “Olympic Athlete from Russia OAR” without their national flag or anthem, according to a release from the IOC.

Russia could refuse the offer to compete as neutrals and boycott the Games, which are scheduled for Feb. 9-25. Russian President Vladimir Putin has previously said it would be humiliating for Russia to compete without national symbols.

Canadian lawyer Richard McLaren, who investigated state-sponsored doping in Russia on behalf of the World Anti-Doping Agency, told CBC News there’s a “high probability” that Russia would boycott these Games and prohibit any of its…

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