It has been announced that Russia has been banned from the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Russia’s flag will not be present or be shown on uniforms. Their anthem will not be played and any medals Russia has claimed will be stripped away from them.
Athletes from Russia can still compete, but not in their colors. They have to have a neutral uniform with nothing symbolizing Russia.
“These invited athletes will participate, be it in individual or team competitions, under the name “Olympic Athlete from Russia (OAR).” They will compete with a uniform bearing this name and under the Olympic Flag. The Olympic Anthem will be played in any ceremony.’’ said The International Olympic Committee.
The I.O.C has claimed that they have given Russia so many penalties for doping so severe they were without precedent in Olympic history. With banning Russia from the Olympics, this is confirming the fact that they are found guilty of the state-backed doping program.
If you are from Russia and want to be in the Olympics, there are some regulations you need to follow. Russia’s athletes must be considered clean to the I.O.C expectations. This means they can’t have been disqualified or declared ineligible for any Anti-Doping Rule Violation, they must’ve gone through all the pre-Games targeted tests, and they also need to go through any other test that is thrown at them from the panel.
“No member of the leadership of the Russian Olympic Team at the Olympic Winter Games Sochi 2014 can be included on the invitation list…. No coach or medical doctor whose athlete has been found to have committed an Anti-Doping Rule Violation can be included on the invitation list.” said the I.O.C.
“This was an unprecedented attack on the integrity of the Olympic Games and sport… As an athlete myself, I feel very sorry for all the clean athletes from all NOCs who are suffering from this manipulation” said Thomas Bach, President of the I.O.C.
A team Russia had assembled had intervened with over a 100 urine samples to cover up the steroid use from the athletes. The Russian Olympic Committee was also fined $15 million dollars and the money that has been fined will be used to drug-testing international athletes.