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IOC bans Russian team from 2018 Winter Olympics

December 5, 2017 2:57 PM
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Individual athletes 'under strict conditions' allowed to compete as neutrals

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

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.

The IOC also imposed a fine of $15 million US on the Russian Olympic committee and imposed a lifetime Olympic ban on Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko, the organizer of the upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Tuesday's ruling from the 14-member board comes three years after allegations first surfaced of state-sponsored doping in Russia, leading to a series of reports detailing the extent of the alleged program. Russia continues to deny a state-sponsored doping program existed.


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