Russia Banned From 2018 Winter Olympics

However, clean athletes may participate if they forgo the Russian flag.

By //Sports

Russia has been under investigation from the World Anti Doping Agency since whistleblower Grigory Rodchenkov brought to light the country’s illicit doping practices. After years of probing and consideration, the International Olympics Committee (IOC) has issued its verdict — Russia will be barred from participating in the South Korean-hosted 2018 Winter Olympic games.

Not only are Russian teams banned from the upcoming Winter games, 25 Russian athletes and several officials have been banned for life from future events. The IOC will permit clean athletes to participate if they compete under the title of “Olympic Athlete from Russia,” wear an accompanying OAR uniform, and undergo a rigorous testing process. Russian parties are taking the news poorly, as expected, but the Western response has been mostly positive, including an affirmation from Britain’s Sports Minister, Tracey Crouch.

The IOC may lift the restrictions by the end of the games if Russia honors the decision and recoups the cost of the investigation — a $15 million USD fine. FIFA has stated that this does not alter its decision to hold the 2018 World Cup in Russia, stating that it “continues to take every measure at its competitions to ensure football remains free from doping.”

Meanwhile, a statue of football star Lionel Messi has been desecrated in Buenos Aires.

Read Full Article
Source
BBC
OlympicsWinter Olympics

You may also like

North & South Korea to March Under One Flag at the 2018 Winter Olympics
Sports

North & South Korea to March Under One Flag at the 2018 Winter Olympics

With the possibility of forming a joint ice hockey team.
3,340 Hypes 9 Comments
Here's How Snowboard Half-Pipes Are Made for the Winter Olympics
Design

Here's How Snowboard Half-Pipes Are Made for the Winter Olympics

Improving on the disastrous 2014 design.
6,179 Hypes 2 Comments
The Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony Suffered a Cyber Attack
Sports

The Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony Suffered a Cyber Attack

Officials won’t reveal where the hack came from.
4,171 Hypes 7 Comments
Uber Has Been Banned From Operating In London
Tech

Uber Has Been Banned From Operating In London

With 21 days to appeal.
5,216 Hypes 0 Comments
Samsung Designed a Winter Olympics Edition of the Galaxy Note 8
Tech

Samsung Designed a Winter Olympics Edition of the Galaxy Note 8

Featuring a new “winter” white glass back.
1,684 Hypes 2 Comments


What to Read Next

The Nike Shox Gravity Is Getting a Wider Release in 2018
Footwear

The Nike Shox Gravity Is Getting a Wider Release in 2018

And several new colorways are in the works.
8,499 Hypes 0 Comments

Off-White™, J.W.Anderson, Raf Simons and Craig Green Win Big at The Fashion Awards 2017
Fashion

Off-White™, J.W.Anderson, Raf Simons and Craig Green Win Big at The Fashion Awards 2017

Fashion’s best and brightest were recognized.
6,653 Hypes 0 Comments

UPDATE: YEEZY Desert Rat 500 and SEASON 6 to Drop on YEEZY Supply Soon
Footwear

UPDATE: YEEZY Desert Rat 500 and SEASON 6 to Drop on YEEZY Supply Soon

As in today.
50,080 Hypes 0 Comments


KITH to Exclusively Release an Arsham Studio Standard Issue Collection
Fashion

KITH to Exclusively Release an Arsham Studio Standard Issue Collection

Meticulously-crafted lab coats, work pants, and more.
3,876 Hypes 0 Comments

Nike's Air VaporMax CS Surfaces In "White/Black"
Footwear

Nike's Air VaporMax CS Surfaces In "White/Black"

How does it compare to the original Vapormax?
7,110 Hypes 0 Comments

Watch 2 Chainz Feast on the 'Most Expensivest' $2,000 USD Brunch
Entertainment

Watch 2 Chainz Feast on the 'Most Expensivest' $2,000 USD Brunch

Perfect time to dine and dash.
8,490 Hypes 0 Comments

More ▾