The IOC Implements a Russia Olympic Ban Due to Doping
Date Posted: December 11, 2017
Russia Olympic Committee has been banned from the Winter Olympics in 2018. The Russia Olympic ban was due to state-sponsored doping.
Despite the ban, Russian athletes are still in the Bitcoin sportsbook market. All ‘clean’ athletes from Russia can still compete under a neutral flag.
The International Olympic Committee has recently announced its banning of Russia from the Winter Olympics 2018 in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Russia’s flag will not appear during the opening ceremony, its anthem will not play during the event, and no member of the Russia Olympic Committee can attend the sports competition.
The IOC banning was made after a 14-person executive committee went through the final report of the Schmid commission on Tuesday afternoon. The Schmid commission has been looking into whether there was any “institutional conspiracy” made by Russian officials within the ministry of the sport who might have influenced the London Olympics and Sochi Winter Games.
The commission has concluded that there had been a systematic manipulation of Russia’s anti-doping system. This had come under the Russian sports ministry authority.
Thomas Bach, the President of the IOC says:
“The report clearly lays out an unprecedented attack on the integrity of the Olympic Games and sport. As an athlete myself, I am feeling very sorry for all the clean athletes who have suffered from this manipulation.”
There are no words yet from Putin regarding the ban. The Olympics is seen by Putin as a way to garner national pride. This is why the country spent $50 billion on hosting the Sochi Winter Games.
Russian athlete’s leeway
Despite the ban, Russian athletes are still allowed to compete in the upcoming Winter Olympics. But these athletes can only play under a neutral banner and wear a non-Russian uniform.
Having to play in the Winter Olympics under a neutral banner has left some Russian athletes divided on whether to attend the games or not. Alexander Zhukov, the head of the Russia’s Olympic committee, says that the decision to ban Russia is a ‘tragedy’ for the country’s athletes. He also says that it was not fair for Russia since there were other countries accused of doping but were not punished by the IOC.
Evgenia Medvedeva, a figure skating competitor from Russia, says that she will not participate under a neutral flag. She adds:
“I’m proud of my country, it’s a huge honour for me to represent it at the Games. It gives me strength and inspires me when I perform,”
There are other athletes who have a different Sentiment. Ilya Kovalchuk, a star ice hockey player says:
“Refusing means surrender! All clean athletes should go. It’ll be the last games for many, and they won’t have a chance to go to the Olympics again,”