International Olympic Committee bans Russian Federation from 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang

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The Olympic rings at Pyeongchang ahead of the 2018 Winter Games

Also, the International Olympic Committee put forth a set of conditions for Russian athletes to compete at the PyeongChang 2018 Olympics as neutral athletes. The Kremlin has denied all the allegations.

"This was an unprecedented attack on the integrity of the Olympic Games and sport", IOC president Thomas Bach said in a release.

Some individual Russian athletes will be allowed to compete in South Korea under "strict conditions", but they will wear uniforms that read OAR (Olympic Athlete from Russia) and feature the Olympic flag.

However some Russian athletes will be allowed to compete in South Korea under a neutral flag, providing they can prove they are not implicated in the doping scandal and have also undergone regular anti-doping tests. "The Olympic Anthem will be played in any ceremony".

After an investigation, the International Olympic Committee began stripping Sochi medals.

Meanwhile the credibility of the Russian whistleblower Grigory Rodchenkov, who ran the Moscow anti-doping laboratory before fleeing past year and revealing what he knew to McLaren, was recently enhanced by the Oswald commission, who confirmed that he was a "truthful witness". The first commission, led by Denis Oswald, was tasked with re-verifying doping probes of Russian athletes from 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi.

Russian officials have said the country would boycott if the International Olympic Committee adopted such a decision, one that was supported by more than three dozen national anti-doping organizations. The IOC is set to decide later on the level of Russia's participation in the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics as calls to ban the country over suspected state-sponsored doping grow louder. "Requirements have been issued to the global federations and RUSADA (Russian anti-doping agency) for the level of testing of those athletes", he said.

Russian Federation has already been banned for the Winter Paralympic Games by the International Paralympic Committee.

Russia's new drug testing body has not yet been accredited by the World Anti-Doping Agency. Skiers and snowboarders provided 471 out of 1,240 total Russian samples. Her teammate, Alina Zagitova, also a medal contender in Peyongchang, was 11.

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