Russia Pays a Price for Doping Scandal

Russia banned from 2018 Winter Olympics over doping

The ruling followed an investigation and report into what the International Olympic Committee called "the systemic manipulation of the anti-doping system in Russia".

Last summer, facing similar calls to exclude Russia from the Rio Olympics, the IOC pushed the decision onto the worldwide federations of individual sports, allowing them to choose which Russian athletes could compete.

IOC President Thomas Bach led a meeting Tuesday of the IOC Executive Board in Lausanne that took action against Russian Federation over a doping scandal that began more than two years ago with revelations of a corrupted anti-doping system.

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President Putin warns of Russian "humiliation" and serious harm to the Olympic movement if the country is forced to compete under a neutral flag or excluded altogether.

The decision by the IOC's executive board follows last year's McLaren Report from the World Anti-Doping Agency, which confirmed that Russia's Olympics program had engaged in an "institutional conspiracy" to beat the system that included using a "mouse hole" to swap out athletes' drug-tainted samples for clean ones.

If it was a victory to have the word "Russia" in the team name and invite some Russian athletes to compete, it came at a cost. The bans came as a result of an International Olympic Committee investigation into allegations of widespread doping among Russians and sample tampering by laboratory and security officials at the Sochi Olympics.

Russian athletes or teams will participate under the name "Olympic Athlete from Russia (OAR)", ESPN reported. In the 2014 Winter Games in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia led the medal count, with 33 overall and 13 golds.

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Instead, Russia blames Grigory Rodchenkov, the former director of Moscow and Sochi testing laboratories, as a rogue employee.

International Olympic Committee comes down hard on Russian cheats, stripping Alexander Legkov of his Sochi 50-kilometre cross country gold medal and banning him for life.

Nations have in the past been barred from taking part in the Olympics, notably South Africa during the apartheid years, but none has ever been handed a ban over doping.

Russian Sports Ministry officials have apologized for widespread doping among their athletes, but forcefully have denied allegations of government involvement and painted Rodchenkov as a rogue actor.

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At the coming games, Bach said Tuesday, a special medal ceremony will reassign medals to retroactive winners from Sochi. So far the figure stands at 25 athletes, with 11 medals stripped.

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