Friday 14 December 2018

IOC lift Russia's Olympic ban with immediate effect

The Russian flag next to the Olympic flag
The Russian flag next to the Olympic flag

Russia's Olympic suspension has been lifted with immediate effect by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

Russia was banned from the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang due to state-sponsored doping, although a total of 168 Russians were permitted to compete as part of a neutral Olympic Athlete from Russia (OAR) team.

On Wednesday the IOC said it had received all the remaining test results from the OAR delegation and confirmed that all were negative.

The IOC executive board decided on February 25 that the Russian Olympic Committee would have its suspension lifted in this scenario.

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