South Korea: IOC discuss Russian athletes ban removal

Members of the Executive Board of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) met in Pyeongchang on Saturday to decide whether to lift its ban from the Russian National Olympic Committee. Opening the meeting, IOC President Thomas Bach announced that the Executive Board would discuss preparations of the IOC session, which is due to take place at the IBC on Sunday, as well as 'the issue of the OAR... Еще' [Olympic Athletes from Russia delegation at the 23rd Winter Olympic Games]. In this regard, members of the board were expected to hear the report, prepared by Nicole Hoevertsz, chair of the IOC panel, responsible for defining Russia's participation at the Closing Ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Olympics under the national flag. Previously it was confirmed that the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) had fulfilled one of the pre-conditions for the admission back to the Olympic family — it transferred a $15 million (€12 million) as fine, imposed on it as part of the sanction for the so-called state backed manipulation of the anti-doping system at the Sochi 2014 Games. The Delegation of the Olympic Athletes from Russia is hoping that the ban could be lifted by Sunday afternoon so that Russian Olympians could participate in the closing parade with their national flag on Sunday evening. The decision will be made in the light of two recent doping cases that were filed during the Olympic Games in South Korea. Curler Alexander Krushelnitsky was stripped of his mixed doubles bronze medal for taking the restricted meldonium and bobsleigh pilot Nadezhda Sergeyeva failed her test for trimetazidine.

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