South Korea: IOC upholds Russian ban denying flag at closing ceremony

International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach announced the IOC decision to uphold its ban on Russia in the 2018 winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang on Sunday, thus denying the country to march in the closing ceremony under its flag. The decision was contributed to two cases of doping committed by Russians athletes in the games, though according to Chair of the Olympic Athlete from... Еще Russia Implementation Group Nicole Hoevertsz «These ADRVs [Anti-Doping Rule Violations] were individual and isolated cases that did not show a pattern of systematic and organised doping activity.» «The Implementation Group recommends lifting the Russian Olympic Committee's suspension once all results of the doping tests of the OAR [Olympic Athletes from Russia] athletes during the Olympic Winter Games of PyeongChang 2018 have been confirmed as negative,» she said. The decision came hours before the closing ceremony.

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