International Olympic Committee bans Russian athletes from marching behind flag at closing ceremony

Posted February 26, 2018

Two years ago, the GRU hacked a database containing drug test results and confidential medical data, and posted information about noteworthy USA athletes including tennis stars Serena and Venus Williams.

When the International Olympic Committee imposed that punishment and other sanctions, it left the door open to partially or fully lift the suspension of the Russian Olympic Committee for the closing ceremonies "provided these decisions are fully respected and implemented by the ROC and by the invited athletes and officials".

The Olympic Athletes from Russia were still not allowed to use the Russian flag during the games' closing ceremonies due to the two doping incidents.

"I don't think quite frankly these Olympic Winter Games have been tainted by the Russian affair because we had no Russian team here", he said.

However, the IOC commission did recommend lifting the disqualification of the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) as soon as possible, if the remainder of the test samples of Russian athletes come out clean.

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Sergeeva, who failed to medal in the bobsleigh, tested positive in an out-of-competition test for the banned heart mediation trimetazidine.

"Despite a good collaboration from the OAR delegation to respond to these (doping) cases in a prompt and transparent way, the implementation group was convinced that these cases caused significant concern", said Hoevertsz, who is from Aruba.

The vote to maintain the ban for the time being followed a recommendation from the IOC's executive board, which met Saturday and early Sunday to thrash out Russia's fate. Addressing the latest case, Adams said: "We are always extremely disappointed when there's a doping case, but so far there have been very few cases".

"It's a lot of emotion for us and just being there, enjoy what we did, I feel it's that we need to remember from the Games", she said. "It is never going to be business as usual in sport again or in Russian Federation". "It's essentially a Korean problem", the official added, "We will help the Koreans as requested".

"After the match, Vladimir Vladimirovich [Putin], [Prime Minister Dmitry] Medvedev and [Chief of the Russian Olympic Committee Alexander] Zhukov called me up".

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Russia's suspension in December follows the uncovering of a doping conspiracy that involved secret agents at Sochi, where host nation Russian Federation topped the medals table.

Bach claimed that he was "not aware" of the case before citing a quote by French biathlete Martin Fourcade praising Russian participation in events. They could readmit them, continue the ban or hedge with what the International Olympic Committee says might be a "partial solution".

Meldonium, a widely used anti-ischemia medication, was banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency right at the start of 2016, a move which affected hundreds of athletes who were caught off-guard by the ban.

FABRICE COFFRINI via Getty Images IOC President Thomas Bach is seen by some as being soft on Russian Federation. They have been unable to wear national uniforms or have the Russian anthem played at medal ceremonies.

"We have to treat all the athletes equally", he said.

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