The International Olympic Committee has announced its final decision of suspending Russia from the 2018 edition of the Olympic Winter Games.
This is an unprecedented decision and incredible humility for the Russians.
CIO stated that some Russian athletes might still be able to evolve individually or in other teams, but not under the neutral flag of “Russia’s Olympic Sportsman”.
Also, the team they will compete for will forbid them from wearing the Russian flag or the colors of Russia.
Also, the Russian anthem will not be played at the opening ceremony.
In addition, all Russian athletes who will want to compete in South Korea’s Olympic Games will be tested several times for doping.
This is the first time in the history of the Olympic Games when an Olympic committee is completely excluded from one of the editions.
In 2016, a report created by Canadian attorney, Richard McLaren showed that over 1.000 Russian athletes who participated in more than 30 different sports who were involved in this centralized system with and under the supervision of secret services cheated for five years.
Their goal was to win as many medals as possible at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, exposing the Russian’s physical superiority.
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) announced on November 11 that it has obtained a Moscow laboratory database that confirms the McLaren report on state-supported doping in Russia.