Olympic ban sparks outrage in Russian Federation

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The IOC also hit Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko with a lifetime ban from the Olympics over his role in the country's doping program. The IOC also dismissed Dmitry Chernyshenko, former CEO of the Organizing Committee Sochi 2014, from the Coordination Commission Beijing 2022. However, this information was not was not available to the IOC prior to the Olympic Games Rio 2016. But they will have to compete under the title of "Olympic Athlete from Russia (OAR)".

The decision stems from an ongoing investigation into state-sponsored Russian doping during the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi. Mutko is at present the head of the organising committee for the 2018 World Cup and on Friday rejected suggestions that there had been systematic doping.

Lawmaker Irina Rodnina, who is a Soviet figure skating legend, apologised for not being able to protect Russian athletes. The IOC also fined the Russian committee $15 million to pay for the doping investigation. The New York Times is reporting that the International Olympic Committee has handed Russian Federation some stiff punishment for their systematic doping.

Russians won't compete in the Pyeongchang Olympics under their own flag, if they compete at all, following a decision from the International Olympic Committee on Tuesday. According to The New York Times, Russian officials had threatened a boycott if they were barred from the Olympics.

In a historic act of punishment, Russia's flag and anthem will be absent from February's Pyeongchang Games in South Korea as outcome for widespread doping that Olympic officials believe was supported by the country's government.

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The invitation list will be determined, at its absolute discretion, by a panel chaired by Valerie Fourneyron, Chair of the ITA. The delegation was led by Zhukov, who was later suspended.

Tatyana Tarasova, a prominent Russian figure skating coach, said the International Olympic Committee decision was "absolutely unjust".

Previous year a whistleblower exposed an intricate method used to tamper with drug testing samples at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

But that appeal was rejected in light of the conclusions of Samuel Schmid, a former president of Switzerland whom the Olympic committee appointed a year ago to review the findings of a scathing investigation commissioned by the World Anti-Doping Agency.

Bach said: "This should serve as a catalyst for a more effective anti-doping system led by Wada".