Fidelity bank banner Bayelsa State banner
Doping: Russia banned from 2018 Winter Olympics

By News Express on 06/12/2017

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon Share on Google+

Views: 752


Russia has been banned from the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea over the country's “systemic manipulation” of anti-doping rules.

However, Russian athletes who can prove that they are clean will be “invited” to compete in Pyeongchang, the International Olympic Committee said on Tuesday.

It is the most wide ranging punishment ever meted out by the IOC on a participating nation, let alone a powerhouse of the Olympic movement.

Russia’s Olympic Committee has also been ordered to pay $15 million to reimburse the IOC’s costs of investigating the doping scandal and help set up the new Independent Testing Authority (ITA).

Vitaly Mutko – the deputy prime minister of Russia, former minister of sport and chairman of the organising committee for soccer’s 2018 World Cup in Russia – has been barred from attending any future Olympic Games and so has his former deputy, Yuri Nagornykh.

‘Drawing a line’

The “clean” Russian athletes must meet strict guidelines to make it to South Korea and will compete under the name “Olympic Athlete from Russia” (OAR). They will wear a uniform with that name on it, and the Olympic anthem will be played at any medal ceremonies for Russian athletes.

“This was an unprecedented attack on the integrity of the Olympic Games and sport,” said IOC President Thomas Bach, who is a friend of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“The IOC has issued proportional sanctions for this systemic manipulation while protecting the clean athletes. This should draw a line under this damaging episode and serve as a catalyst for a more effective anti-doping system led by the World Anti-Doping Agency.

“As an athlete myself, I feel very sorry for all the clean athletes from all [National Olympic Committees] who are suffering from this manipulation. Working with the IOC Athletes’ Commission, we will now look for opportunities to make up for the moments they have missed on the finish line or on the podium.”

Having consistently denied the allegations of a state-backed doping campaign, Russia could now decide to block the offer of exemptions and boycott the Pyeongchang Olympics altogether.

Putin has previously said it would be a humiliation to compete without any national symbols.

According to the Russian news agency TASS, the All-Russia State Broadcasting Company [VGTRK] will not broadcast the Winter Olympics in the absence of the Russia team from the event.

“What is left of the principles of Olympism, from the spirit of the Olympics, from the idea of the Olympic Games?!” asked two-time Olympic pole vault champion, Elena Isinbayeva, on her Instagram account.

“Without Russia it’s a lame Olympics! #norussianogames.”

WADA, which in November said Russia was still “non compliant” to its code, welcomed the IOC ban, as did Travis Tygart, the CEO of the US Anti-Doping Agency.

“Over the past three years, a high stakes game of chicken has been played,” wrote Tygart, who was one of the key players in bringing down the disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong.

“Between those willing to sacrifice the Olympic ideals by employing a state-directed doping programme to cheat and win and, on the other side, athletes unwilling to stand silent while their hopes and dreams were stolen and the Olympic Games hijacked.

“Today the IOC listened to those who matter most – and clean athletes won a significant victory.”

Looking ahead to the process of determining which Russian athletes were “clean”, WADA President, Sir Craig Reedie said. “It must be proven that these athletes have not been implicated in the institutionalised scheme and have been tested as overseen by the panel.

“We are eager to collaborate with other stakeholders in this regard.” (CNN)

Source News Express

Posted 06/12/2017 05:54:45 AM

 

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon Share on Google+


 

CLASSIFIED ADS

REVEALED: 3 natural ways to get stronger erections, last 25 minutes on bed, and increase manhood size without using drugs. Also, Natural Prostrate Enlargement Remedy.. Get In HERE...

 

You may also like...
FG to declare state of emergency in education...

Customs names 6 Acting Deputy Comptrollers-General, 8 ACGs...

AfricaWorking to impact 250,000 youth on employability, entrepreneurship...

NNPC, SNEPCo celebrate musical talents in Lagos

Fashola’s father very exemplary, accomplished –President Jonathan

BRANDish to discuss way forward for Nigerian banks...

Army chief warns of possible Boko Haram attacks...

Obiano appoints physical-challenged as Perm Sec

Army averts communal clash, arrests 10 people in...

Obiano dares IPOB, inaugurates re-election campaign team

El-Rufai creates new ministry, appoints commissioner-designate •Kaduna to...

Abducted Dapchi Christian girl Leah Sharibu escapes from...

 

Latest News Nigeria needs national maritime policy — Enwelu, NCMDLCA Apapa Boss Stranded Nigerians in Russia back in Abuja Where politics disunites, football unites NELMCO’s example in public assets disposal, By Abdulahi Ibrahim BREAKING: Aregbesola’s Chief of Staff floors Reps Deputy Speaker, others to emerge Osun APC guber candidate 2019: All set for Atiku's declaration for president Court fines hospital N.5m for detaining baby’s corpse, parents UNN set to export ginger to USA 2019 election: 8 PDP governorship aspirants opt for consensus in Kaduna Violence, late arrival of election materials characterise Osun APC guber primaries Forex: CBN flags off sale of Chinese Yuan Gunmen storm Zamfara market; kill 2, injure others

 

Most Read NUDE PHOTO OF OMOTOLA JALADE-EKEINDE surfaces online (363,275 views) Nigerian female sex addict opens up, says ‘I like it with both men and women’ (359,051 views) Shameless Genevieve Nnaji exposes breasts in public (287,457 views) Finally named: The full list of friends of Nigerian female sex addict who prowled Facebook (235,901 views) OLUMBA OLUMBA OBU (the one who called himself God) IS DEAD (215,183 views) Igbo scholar disgraces Femi Fani-Kayode •Demolishes claims on Igbo/Yoruba history with facts and figures (212,890 views) Breaking News: POPULAR REVEREND CONVERTS TO ISLAM in Kaduna (Nigeria) (186,985 views) OBJ’s son reported dead in Lagos plane crash •Names of more victims emerge (168,930 views) THE FINAL DISGRACE: Igbo scholar unleashes more facts about Igbo/Yoruba history, finishes off Femi Fani-Kayode with second article (156,540 views) My wasted years in Olumba Olumba Obu’s Evil Brotherhood (153,235 views) Lagos plane crash: Journalist releases victims’ names (148,009 views) Gunmen kill ASP, 2 other police officers in vain bid to kidnap Rivers PDP chieftain (139,139 views)

 

Categories Advertorials (3) African Press Organisation (81) Art & Literature (52) Business & Economy (3,363) Business Verdict (47) Columnists (890) Complaints & Requests (94) Enterprise & Opportunities (207) Entertainment (516) Features (616) Global Business Monitor (286) International (2,148) Interview (158) Live Commentary (28) Love Matters (127) News (37,319) Opinion (1,024) Pidgin (10) Politics (5,627) Religion (787) Sports (1,612) Stock Watch (33) AMA & Al Jazeera Global Update

 

CBN banner

Firstmobile banner

 

 

NEWS EXPRESS TV

Nigerian detainees send SOS from Osama prison

 

APO Group Partner

 

 

CLASSIFIED ADS

GOCOP Accredited Member

GOCOP Accredited member

 

 

Africa Media Agency and Al Jazeera

Advertisement