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Russia's Olympic team banned from Games

Russia's Olympic team banned from Games

Russian Federation has been banned from next year's Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang and ordered to pay $15m by the International Olympic Committee as a punishment for operating a massive state-sponsored doping programme during London 2012 and the Winter Games staged by Russian Federation in Sochi two years' later.

The U.S. Olympic Committee supported the IOC's decision.

As a result, no official from the Russian Ministry of Sport for the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 will be accredited. With AP Photos.Russian athletes will be allowed to compete at the upcoming Pyeongchang Olympics but not under their country's flag.

Some Russian athletes may be invited to compete neutrally under specific circumstances. The Olympic anthem will be played in any ceremony where a Russian athlete wins a gold medal. Schmid's report confirmed "the systemic manipulation of the anti-doping rules and system in Russian Federation".

Two IOC commission leaders - appointed after WADA investigator Richard McLaren upheld Rodchenkov's doping claims in July 2016 - also reported to the Olympic board.

Any sanctions imposed by the International Olympic Committee can also be challenged at CAS, and later at Switzerland's supreme court, which can intervene if the legal process has been abused.

Russia's move into wholesale Olympic cheating is often traced to 2010, when the country's athletes fell well short of expectations by winning only 15 medals at the Vancouver Winter Olympics - a bad omen as the country prepared to host the 2014 games in Sochi.

The Winter Olympics will be held from February 9-25. Some Russian officials have threatened to boycott if the International Olympic Committee delivered such a severe punishment.

That Oswald Commission called the Russian doping system "one of the worst ever blows against the integrity and reputation of the Olympic Games".

The invitation list will be determined, at its absolute discretion, by a panel chaired by Valerie Fourneyron, Chair of the ITA.

According to reports, Russian officials have refused to accept the findings of the McLaren Report from the World Anti-Doping Agency.

But that appeal was rejected in light of the conclusions of Samuel Schmid, a former president of Switzerland whom the Olympic committee appointed a year ago to review the findings of a scathing investigation commissioned by the World Anti-Doping Agency.

That commission, chaired by International Olympic Committee member Denis Oswald, was tasked with handling individual cases.

The IOC also will bar Russian officials who were team leaders at Sochi, and coaches or medial staff who have been linked to doping athletes. They've taken away 11 of Russia's 33 medals.