Switzerland: Russia barred from participation in 2018 Winter Olympics; athletes can compete neutrally — IOC

President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Thomas Bach announced that Russia will not be allowed to participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics amid doping allegation at a press conference in Lausanne on Tuesday. According to IOC head, Russian government officials will be not permitted to attend. In addition, Russian flag will not be displayed at the opening ceremony and the country's... Еще anthem will not be played. Bach added that IOC will allow only 'clean' athletes to compete as neutrals at the upcoming PyeongChang 2018 Olympics. IOC also requested Russian Olympic Committee to cover expenses of IOC' doping investigations and establish an independent doping authority that amounts to $ 15 million (€ 12,648,200). In July 2016, the IOC set up two separate commissions to probe allegations of doping in Russian sports as well as the alleged involvement of state officials in switching urine samples at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. Looking into re-tests of samples from the Sochi Games over alleged doping, reported by the former head of Russia's anti-doping agency RUSADA and key whistleblower Grigory Rodchenkov, led to Olympic life bans for 25 Russian athletes so far, while their results have been annulled.

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