Sunday, December 31, 2017

Russa Banned From Upcoming Winter Olympics For Cheating

                      
The Russian Olympic team was banned from the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South KoreaThe New York Times reports. The International Olympics Committee announced Tuesday that Russian government officials are banned from attending the games and the Russian flag and anthem will not be displayed at the opening ceremony.

The IOC says they will allow certain Russian athletes to participate as individuals, which means they have to wear a neutral uniform and any wins will not be tallied for Russia. The IOC announced the punishment Tuesday in response to a systemic doping scandal their investigators have exposed in recent years.
That was the punishment issued Tuesday to the proud sports juggernaut that has long used the Olympics as a show of global force but was exposed for systematic doping in previously unfathomable ways. The International Olympic Committee, after completing its own prolonged investigations that reiterated what had been known for more than a year, handed Russia penalties for doping so severe they were without precedent in Olympics history.
The ruling cemented that the nation was guilty of executing an extensive state-backed doping program. The scheme was rivaled perhaps only by the notorious program conducted by East Germany throughout the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s.
The Russian Olympic Committee was also fined $15 million.
The Times reports that Russian President Vladimir Putin may call for a boycott of the games by Russian athletes.

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