Russia Banned From Winter Olympics For Doping

Oh, dope.

Russia Is Banned From The Winter Olympics In South Korea

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has banned Russia from participating in the 2018 Winter Olympic games in South Korea.

Good news for some Russian athletes, those who are “clean” from any drugs are invited to participate under certain guidelines. They will compete as “Olympic Athlete from Russia” (OAR), their uniform will have their name and the Olympic anthem will be played at any suitable ceremonies.

Quit Playing Games

The Chair of the Independent Testing Authority (ITA) will decide by panel who will receive these special invitations. The Deputy Prime Minister of Russia (and former Minister of Sport), Vitaly Mutko has been barred from attending any future Olympic games and Russia’s Olympic Committee must pay a fine of $15 million.

Three female cross-country skiiers have been found guilty of doping. Yulia Chekaleva, Anastasia Dotsenko, and Olga Zaysteva are banned from the Olympics, for life. Zaytseva is a silver medal winner, competing on the biathlon relay team at the Sochi Winter Games.

State-Sponsored Programs

According to the 2016 McLaren report, Russian athletes have benefited from state-sponsored doping programs from 2011 to 2015.

This news comes at a time where relations with Russia have become increasingly irritating. Facebook revealed that Russia bought a much larger amount of ads than recently suspected during the Presidential election process.