06 December, 2017
These invited athletes will participate, be it in individual or team competitions, in the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 under the name "Olympic Athlete from Russia (OAR)".
The U.S. Olympic Committee supported the IOC's decision.
Last summer, facing similar calls to exclude Russia from the Rio Olympics, the IOC pushed the decision onto the global federations of individual sports, allowing them to choose which Russian athletes could compete. Russian President Vladimir Putin has said it would be humiliating for Russia to compete without national symbols. The Olympic anthem will be played in place of the Russian anthem at medal ceremonies.
The IOC Executive Board today studied and discussed the findings of the Commission led by the former President of Switzerland, Samuel Schmid, addressing the systematic manipulation of the anti-doping system in Russian Federation.
Any sanctions imposed by the International Olympic Committee can also be challenged at CAS, and later at Switzerland's supreme court, which can intervene if the legal process has been abused.
The IOC handed out the unprecedented suspension after completing investigations about Russia's alleged doping violations, the Times reported.More news: Microsoft Announces Massive Redmond Campus Expansion And Up To 8000 New Workers
The Winter Olympics will be held from February 9-25. Russian Federation has been in the spotlight since a report by a World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) commission in 2015 found evidence of state-sponsored doping in Russian Federation and accused it of systematically violating anti-doping regulations.
In addition, the IOC suspended the membership of Russian Olympic Committee President Alexander Zhukov.
The suspension follows a report of findings by the International Olympic Committee, led by the former President of Switzerland, Samuel Schmid, that address the systematic manipulation of the anti-doping system in Russian Federation.
Russian lawmakers and other officials quickly rejected the International Olympic Committee decision, saying it was influenced by politics. Both McLaren and WADA acknowledged that they lack the authority to punish Russia's athletes.
Bach and his board have come to their decision after reading through the findings and recommendations of a 17-month investigation headed by the former president of Switzerland, Samuel Schmid. The panel will include members of the Pre-Games Testing Task Force: one appointed by WADA, one by the DFSU and one by the IOC, Dr Richard Budgett. By the time the report came out, almost all Russian track and field athletes had been banned by the International Association of Athletics Federations. The American team now leads the way with the 28 medals it won in 2014, with Norway second - and that's without the redistribution of medals that were taken away from Russian athletes.