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Russia banned from Olympics, athletes allowed to compete as neutrals

Russian Olympic Committee banned from 2018 Winter Games, athletes allowed to compete as neutrals

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has suspended the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) from 2018 Olympics, ruling that “clean” Russian athletes can only compete under a neutral flag in South Korea in February.

On Tuesday, the IOC declared Russia guilty of alleged state-sponsored doping, and banned the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) from competing in the upcoming Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea.

Athletes who can prove they are “clean,” however, will be allowed to compete, but not under the Russian flag.

Those who can compete are now faced with a difficult choice. On the one hand, they spent years polishing their skills to perform on the world’s premier stage, but on the other hand, their sport spirit dictates they compete as a united national team, under the Russian flag.

The decision came after 14-person panel was presented with the results of two separate investigations of alleged Russian doping – one concerning individual athletes, the other institutional violations.



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