Russian sporting community react angrily to Winter Olympics ban

Posted December 06, 2017

Russian athletes chosen to compete in the games will do so as an "Olympic Athlete from Russia" (OAR) and wear a specific uniform.

This year the team will be called Olympic athletes from Russian Federation. Sochi 2014 President Dmitry Chernyshenko has been removed from the 2022 IOC Coordination Commission.

The president of the Russian skating union has described the decision as offensive and insulting. It is likely to face a legal appeal from Russia's Olympic Committee. Yet, if individual athletes from the country wish to compete, they must undergo testing requirements to ensure "a level playing field".

The report also addressed in particular the manipulation at the anti-doping laboratory at the Olympic Winter Games Sochi 2014 which targeted the Olympic Games directly, IOC reports.

The politician is now head of the organising committee for the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation.

The commission noted that the McLaren Report did not mention that the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) participated in the system. However their pleas to keep Russian Federation in the Winter Olympics went unheeded as the International Olympic Committee decided that there was sufficient evidence to ban Russian Federation.

In a historic act of punishment, Russia's flag and anthem will be absent from February's Pyeongchang Games in South Korea as outcome for widespread doping that Olympic officials believe was supported by the country's government.

Russian sporting community react angrily to Winter Olympics ban
Russian sporting community react angrily to Winter Olympics ban

Russians won't compete in the Pyeongchang Olympics under their own flag, if they compete at all, following a decision from the International Olympic Committee on Tuesday. Instead, it gave criteria about the eligibility of athletes and left the decisions to the worldwide federations that govern each sport.

"An Olympic boycott has never achieved anything", Bach said at a news conference Tuesday.

The sanctions could be challenged at the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Invitations will be decided by an International Olympic Committee panel chaired by former France Sports Minister Valerie Fourneyron.

The country may just boycott the games altogether, however. The delegation was led by Zhukov, who was later suspended. A broad investigation is being led by the Inquiry Commission chaired by Samuel Schmid, a former President of Switzerland. By Monday, 25 Russians had been disqualified from the Sochi Games and banned from the Olympics for life, and 11 medals were stripped.

The IOC will issue operational guidelines for the implementation of these decisions.