The Russian Olympic Committee was suspended for the 2018 Winter Olympics by the International Olympic Committee on Tuesday due to the country's system of supporting athletes who were using performance-enhancing drugs. However no announcement has yet been made by the country's president, Vladimir Putin, or the Russian Olympic Committee.
IOC bans the Russian Olympic Committee from the 2018 Winter Games but says clean Russian athletes will still be able to take part as independent competitors "under the Olympic flag".
Those athletes who do go to the Games, which start on February 9, will participate under the name "Olympic Athlete from Russian Federation". "The Olympic Anthem will be played in any ceremony", said a statement on the IOC website.
The IOC Executive Board today studied and discussed the findings of the Commission led by the former President of Switzerland, Samuel Schmid, addressing the systematic manipulation of the anti-doping system in Russian Federation.
In 2016, a WADA report found that more than 1,000 Russian competitors in more than 30 sports had been involved in a conspiracy to hide positive drug tests over a five-year period.
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"I very much regret that the International Olympic Committee made such a unusual decision", Mikhail Fedotov, chairman of the Presidential Council on Human Rights, told Interfax on Tuesday.
The IOC sanctioned the country for running a state-sponsored doping system, one which undermined the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
Russian officials have refused to acknowledge the scope and depth of the findings about the country's Olympic teams, saying that the problems were limited to individual athletes.
Russian officials reacted to the decision by attacking it as unfair.
He was formerly sports minister and continuously denied state-backed doping was going on.
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The IOC executive board ruled that Russian athletes who are proven to be clean by passing strict standards will be allowed to compete in the Games at PyeongChang, South Korea.
Bach was joined Tuesday by Samuel Schmid, the former president of Switzerland, who led a commission investigating the allegations against Russian Federation.
That commission, chaired by International Olympic Committee member Denis Oswald, was tasked with handling individual cases.
The chairman of that disciplinary panel, Swiss lawyer Denis Oswald, reported about prosecuting Russian athletes implicated in cheating at Sochi.
Russian Federation no longer leads the Sochi medals table. The American team now leads the way with the 28 medals it won in 2014, with Norway second - and that's without the redistribution of medals that were taken away from Russian athletes.
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