IOC Bans Russia From 2018 Winter Olympics

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Russia has been banned from competing at the 2018 Winter Olympics for  “the systemic manipulation of the anti-doping rules and system," but athletes can compete under a neutral flag, the IOC announced on Tuesday.

From the IOC report:

"THE IOC EXECUTIVE BOARD TODAY STUDIED AND DISCUSSED THE FINDINGS OF THE COMMISSION LED BY THE FORMER PRESIDENT OF SWITZERLAND, SAMUEL SCHMID, ADDRESSING THE SYSTEMATIC MANIPULATION OF THE ANTI-DOPING SYSTEM IN RUSSIA. THIS REPORT ALSO ADDRESSES IN PARTICULAR THE MANIPULATION AT THE ANTI-DOPING LABORATORY AT THE OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES SOCHI 2014 WHICH TARGETED THE OLYMPIC GAMES DIRECTLY. OVER 17 MONTHS OF EXTENSIVE WORK, THE SCHMID COMMISSION GATHERED EVIDENCE AND INFORMATION AND HELD HEARINGS WITH ALL THE MAIN ACTORS. DUE PROCESS, TO WHICH EVERY INDIVIDUAL AND EVERY ORGANISATION IS ENTITLED, WAS FOLLOWED. THIS OPPORTUNITY WAS NOT AVAILABLE TO THE IOC PRIOR TO THE OLYMPIC GAMES RIO 2016."