Russian Federation banned from Winter Olympics but 'clean' athletes can compete

Individuals who can prove they are clean will be invited to participate under a neutral flag and referred to as "Olympic athletes from Russia". The change will ban the Russian committee (ROC) from competing as a team. The IOC also dismissed Dmitry Chernyshenko, former CEO of the Organizing Committee Sochi 2014, from the Coordination Commission Beijing 2022.

Jim Walden, lawyer for whistle-blower and head of Russia's anti-doping program Dr. Grigory Rodchenkov, made his first public comments following the announcement of the decision of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) regarding banning Russian Federation following investigations of a doping scheme. But they will have to compete under the title of "Olympic Athlete from Russia (OAR)".

To exclude the then Minister of Sport, Mr Vitaly Mutko, and his then Deputy Minister, Mr. Yuri Nagornykh, from any participation in all future Olympic Games.

"The IOC... has issued proportional sanctions for this systemic manipulation while protecting the clean athletes". 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.

IOC President Thomas Bach and other members of the Olympic governing body pronounced Russia's fate at a news conference that was scheduled for 1:30 p.m. ET.

Any sanctions imposed by the International Olympic Committee can also be challenged at CAS, and later at Switzerland's supreme court, which can intervene if the legal process has been abused.

The commission confirmed that the Russian authorities developed a system that allowed a Moscow laboratory to routinely change positive test results to negative, as well as to tamper with samples during the Sochi Games in 2014. A broad investigation is being led by the Inquiry Commission chaired by Samuel Schmid, a former President of Switzerland.

Rodchenkov's testimony, in concert with evidence unearthed and backed by forensic analysis in a World Anti-Doping Agency investigation, refute efforts by Russian government officials to distance themselves and portray Rodchenkov as a rogue actor, ESPN reported.

After CAS dismisses the Russian appeal, the International Olympic Committee executive decides that any Russian wanting to compete in Rio will have to prove that he or she was not involved in doping. By Monday, 25 Russians had been disqualified from the Sochi Games and banned from the Olympics for life, and 11 medals were stripped.

  • Stacy Allen