IOC bans Russia from 2018 Winter Olympics

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This will stir things a bit in the lead-up to the Winter Games and also Russia's hosting of the World Cup Soccer.

Penalties also againts key Russian perosonnel, so not just targeting the athletes this time.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/amp/winter-sports/42242007

Russia has been banned from competing at next year's Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang by the International Olympic Committee.

But Russian athletes who can prove they are clean would be allowed to compete in South Korea under a neutral flag.
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The Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) has been suspended but the IOC said it will invite Russian clean athletes to compete in February under the name 'Olympic Athlete from Russia' (OAR).

Despite repeated Russian denials, the Schmid report has found evidence of "the systemic manipulation of the anti-doping rules and system" which back up previous allegations of government involvement in cheating in the run-up to and during the Winter Olympics almost four years ago.
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The McLaren report concluded 1,000 athletes across 30 sports benefitted from the doping programme between 2012 and 2015.

Wada obtained what it said was a Russian laboratory database which it felt corroborated McLaren's conclusions, while re-testing of Russian athletes' samples resulted in a host of retrospective bans and stripping of medals.
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As well as the Olympic Committee ban, the IOC has also decided to ban Russia's deputy Prime Minister and former Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko from all future Olympic Games. He is currently the lead organiser for the 2018 World Cup, which is being staged in Russia next summer.

In his report to the IOC executive board, Schmid says Mutko, as the then minister for sport, "had the ultimate administrative responsibility for the acts perpetrated at the time".

Other decisions:

  • No accreditation for any official from the Russian ministry of sport for the Olympic Winter Games Pyeongchang 2018
  • Former Deputy sports minister, Yuri Nagornykh, is excluded from any participation in all future Olympic Games
  • Dmitry Chernyshenko, the former CEO of the organising committee Sochi 2014, is withdrawn from the Coordination Commission Beijing 2022
  • ROC President Alexander Zhukov is suspended as an IOC member, given that his membership is linked to his position as ROC president
  • The ROC is fined 15 million dollars (£11.2 million) to reimburse the costs of the investigations and to contribute to the establishment of the Independent Testing Authority (ITA)
 

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This will stir things a bit in the lead-up to the Winter Games and also Russia's hosting of the World Cup Soccer.

Penalties also againts key Russian perosonnel, so not just targeting the athletes this time.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/amp/winter-sports/42242007

Russia has been banned from competing at next year's Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang by the International Olympic Committee.

But Russian athletes who can prove they are clean would be allowed to compete in South Korea under a neutral flag.
...

The Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) has been suspended but the IOC said it will invite Russian clean athletes to compete in February under the name 'Olympic Athlete from Russia' (OAR).

Despite repeated Russian denials, the Schmid report has found evidence of "the systemic manipulation of the anti-doping rules and system" which back up previous allegations of government involvement in cheating in the run-up to and during the Winter Olympics almost four years ago.
...

The McLaren report concluded 1,000 athletes across 30 sports benefitted from the doping programme between 2012 and 2015.

Wada obtained what it said was a Russian laboratory database which it felt corroborated McLaren's conclusions, while re-testing of Russian athletes' samples resulted in a host of retrospective bans and stripping of medals.
...

As well as the Olympic Committee ban, the IOC has also decided to ban Russia's deputy Prime Minister and former Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko from all future Olympic Games. He is currently the lead organiser for the 2018 World Cup, which is being staged in Russia next summer.

In his report to the IOC executive board, Schmid says Mutko, as the then minister for sport, "had the ultimate administrative responsibility for the acts perpetrated at the time".

Other decisions:

  • No accreditation for any official from the Russian ministry of sport for the Olympic Winter Games Pyeongchang 2018
  • Former Deputy sports minister, Yuri Nagornykh, is excluded from any participation in all future Olympic Games
  • Dmitry Chernyshenko, the former CEO of the organising committee Sochi 2014, is withdrawn from the Coordination Commission Beijing 2022
  • ROC President Alexander Zhukov is suspended as an IOC member, given that his membership is linked to his position as ROC president
  • The ROC is fined 15 million dollars (£11.2 million) to reimburse the costs of the investigations and to contribute to the establishment of the Independent Testing Authority (ITA)
No surprise to me.
I wonder if they weren't hosting the football world cup next year if they would be allowed to to take part in that.
Remember under the old Soviet and communist regimes the records they set at international competitions had to be expunged as they were found out to be drug aided.
 
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No surprise to me.
I wonder if they weren't hosting the football world cup next year if they would be allowed to to take part in that.
Remember under the old Soviet and communist regimes the records they set at international competitions had to be expunged as they were found out to be drug aided.
Yes, places FIFA in a bit of a pickle as I think pressure will now build from other countries after the IOC action.

"Walking on razor blades" diplomacy at the moment - aka "nothing to see here".

Doesn't look good though when the president of the Russian Football Association (reportedly in charge of organising next year's FIFA World Cup and conincidentally is also Russia's Deputy Prime Minister) just received a life ban relating to systematic doping, by another governing body.

Obviously the life ban is only specific to the IOC and not all WADA sports.

What would be interesting is if somehow WADA/CAS ratified or endorsed the ban (e.g Mutko appeals to CAS) as at that point it would extend to other WADA sanctioned sports, which does include soccer/ football?



https://www.google.com.au/amp/amp.abc.net.au/article/9231012

"But what is the reaction from football's world governing body, FIFA?

Little more than a statement that says its "taken note" of the IOC decision, adding "the decision has no impact on the preparations for the 2018 FIFA World Cup as we continue to work to deliver the best possible event".

So, business as usual it seems."
 
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And just to show that AFL isn't the only football management body with an oversized carpet to "ethically" sweep things under (like we didn't already know), ....

https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/dec/07/fifa-investigator-russia-world-cup-vitaly-mutko

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Cornel Borbély, Fifa’s ethics committee chairman, was investigating the alleged role of Russia’s deputy prime minister for sport, tourism and youth policy, Vitaly Mutko, in state-sponsored doping when world football’s ruling body abruptly removed the Swiss from his job in May.
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Oh dear, that's .... awkward ...

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Borbély, a Zurich lawyer who chaired the investigatory arm of Fifa’s ethics committee, was examining the voluminous evidence on Russia and Mutko’s activities when Fifa decided at its congress in Bahrain not to renew his tenure. Mutko would be barred from football if the ethics committee agreed with the World Anti‑Doping Agency, its investigator Richard McLaren and now the IOC, that Mutko was directly involved in state‑sponsored doping.

Gianni Infantino, the Fifa president, sought in March to prevent its independent governance committee barring Mutko from the Fifa council, arguing it would damage the prospects of a successful World Cup in Russia.

Miguel Maduro, the Portuguese law professor who chaired that committee and maintained its decision because Fifa’s rules require politically neutral council members, was also fired at the Bahrain congress. Maduro told the UK parliament’s select committee for digital, culture, media and sport in September that he had been urged by Fatma Samoura, Fifa’s secretary-general, to change his decision and declare Mutko eligible. “She said the World Cup would be a disaster and that as a consequence the continued presidency [of Infantino] would be in question,” Maduro said.
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Possibly more to come from WADA in the coming weeks.

http://www.newsobserver.com/sports/article188736024.html

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FIFA is expecting to receive new evidence next week from a Moscow laboratory database about doping cases in Russian soccer.

Players from Russia's squad at the 2014 World Cup are among 34 potential soccer cases arising from an investigation by Richard McLaren, who detailed a doping conspiracy across Russian sports.

The World Anti-Doping Agency has called a meeting for Thursday "to inform several international federations about the new intelligence," FIFA said Friday in a statement.

WADA announced last month it had the Moscow database which, FIFA said, includes "all testing data between January 2012 and August 2015."
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lol. sport is a joke.
you can have all the rules and penalties and testing you want but until the people who run the show actually want to catch the cheats nothing is gonna change.
 

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Ah - But the list of Russian's suspended for links to Sochi 2014 - It was crystal clear that athletes suspended were bona-fide medal contenders while athletes cleared were at best an outside chance for a medical - It was a cynical exercise by the IOC.
 

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Ruskies at it again, curling of all sports....campaigners

Alexander Krushelnytsky, a member of the Olympic Athletes from Russia (OAR) mixed doubles curling team who won a bronze medal at Pyeongchang 2018, has failed a drugs test for meldonium.
B test tomorrow
 
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First time you get caught doping it should be a 4 year ban. The second time a life ban.
We hear some pretty pathetic excuses as to why some athletes have drugs in their bodies.
It really is time to stop the cover ups and stop pussy footing around and take real action against druggies for the benefit of clean athletes.
 

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First time you get caught doping it should be a 4 year ban. The second time a life ban.
We hear some pretty pathetic excuses as to why some athletes have drugs in their bodies.
It really is time to stop the cover ups and stop pussy footing around and take real action against druggies for the benefit of clean athletes.
That's fairly much the standard for prohibited drugs - First offence is 4 years, if it's proven you are blatantly cheating, and show no remorse - Of course why should it be a 4 year ban which is an Olympic cycle ? I am unsure a 4 year ban should apply for Non-Olympic sport.
 
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That's fairly much the standard for prohibited drugs - First offence is 4 years, if it's proven you are blatantly cheating, and show no remorse - Of course why should it be a 4 year ban which is an Olympic cycle ? I am unsure a 4 year ban should apply for Non-Olympic sport.
I think in a vast majority of cases it is cheating.
Forget the tosh about sports drinks, cough medicines etc. They are trying to get an unfair advantaged.
 
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