South Korea: Russian ban could be lifted if no further doping incidents — IOC

Questions on the International Olympic Committee (IOC)'s decision to uphold the suspension of the Russian Olympic Committee from the Olympic Games dominated a press conference given by the IOC's President Thomas Bach after the final leg of the Committee's 132nd session in PyeongChang, Sunday, as the XXIII Winter Olympics drew to a close. The IOC President, Thomas Bach, commented on the recent... Еще doping scandal concerning the Russian Mixed Curling team in which Aleksandr Krushelnitckii admitted to an anti-doping violation, stating that «there was no indication that these two cases were due to a systematic approach or that the delegation was in any way trying to assist or to cover up, but that on the contrary that there the OAR delegation was very proactive and in the case of the mixed curlers, for instance, gave the medal back right away.» However, he did note that this case influenced their decision to keep the suspension in place until after the end of the Olympics. Following the IOC's decision to maintain the suspension on the Russian Federation, the country's flag will not be present when the Olympic Athletes from Russia (OAR) march at the Closing Ceremony of the PyeongChang Olympics. However, Bach remained positive that a total lifting of the suspension could be seen, after and only if there are no additional positive doping cases registered from OAR athletes.

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