It's Official: Russia Has Been Banned From The Olympics

International Olympic Committee delivers decisive verdict.
It's Official: Russia Has Been Banned From The Olympics

The Russian Olympic team won't be allowed to participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics to be held in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

The International Olympic Committee delivered the verdict after concluding that Russia was running a state-sponsored doping system.

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This action comes on the heels of the disqualification of 25 Russian athletes from 2014 Sochi results, resulting in the loss of 11 medals.

The decision is based on a report by Canadian lawyer Richard McLaren.

The McLaren Report found doping to be a widespread practice in Russian sport, involving more than 1000 athletes.

Apart from using drugs to enhance performance, these athletes were also involved in a broader initiative to cheat on drug tests.

The decision isn't one of doom and gloom for all Russian athletes.

Those who are clean and wish to compete may do so as neutral athletes under the Olympic flag.

They will be referred to as "Olympic Athletes from Russia" and wear a uniform with that designation.

Whether there will be any such athletes is unclear. Russia has signalled  that it would boycott the event if the IOC were to deliver its present verdict.