Russia Banned from 2018 Winter Olympics Following Doping Scandal

President Vladimir Putin and President of Russian Olympic Committee Alexander Zhukov after the Sochi Olympics (Photo by Aleksey Nikolskiy/Kremlin Press Office/Pool/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

The International Olympic Comittee have announced that Russia can compete in the Olympics – sort of.

Russian athletes will be able to compete, but not under the flag of Russia. Many athletes have praised the decision because it promotes the integrity of the games, but many Russians have detested the choice.

Russia’s Olympic Comittee has been banned after a doping scheme at the Sochi Olympics was uncovered. The country was found to have an institutionalized doping program for many of its’ athletes.

Athletes may still be able to compete with a moniker of “Olympic Athlete from Russia” or OAR.

Any sanctions imposed by the IOC can also be challenged at CAS, and later at Switzerland’s supreme court, which can intervene if the legal process has been abused.

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