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06 December 2017, 12:25 | Ken Black
Russia is suspected of cheating on a massive scale at the Winter Olympics in Sochi in 2014 | Richard Heathcote Getty Images
The IOC's executive board announced that it has suspended the Russian Olympic Committee, a move that effectively bans the country nearly two months before the opening of the Games, but created a path for individuals to compete as neutral athletes.
Thomas Bach, the president of the IOC, has said he was perturbed not only by Russia's widespread cheating but by how it had been accomplished: by corrupting the Olympic laboratory that handled drug testing at the games, and on orders from Russia's own Olympic officials.
ARD airs a second documentary with new accusations aimed at Russian and Kenyan athletes based on a leaked IAAF database with details of 12,000 blood tests from 5,000 competitors which revealed "extraordinary" levels of doping. Mutko was the sports minister in 2014 and is the head of the organizing committee of soccer's next World Cup. Russian President Vladimir Putin has called the doping charges against Russia "a risky return to this policy of letting politics interfere with sport". He had suggested banning Russia's Olympic Committee for two years, or until the nation's anti-doping operations are recertified by regulators. Athletes approved by the panel will compete in a uniform with "Olympic Athlete from Russia" written on it and under an Olympic flag.
The IOC also expelled Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) members from the IOC, and ordered the ROC to reimburse $15 million that was used for the investigation. Instead of marching out behind of the Russian flag during the opening ceremonies, they will march behind the Olympic flag.
The IOC ruled on Tuesday that the Russian Federation will be barred from the 2018 Winter Olympics in Peyoncheng.
The commission based its findings on an independent report by Canadian lawyer Richard McLaren that was commissioned by the World Anti-Doping Agency and published previous year.
Ahead of the anti-doping agencies of 17 countries, including the United States, had demanded the International Olympic Committee impose a blanket ban, issuing a collective statement in September that it was time for the body to stop "paying lip-service" to the anti-doping fight.
Meanwhile the credibility of the Russian whistleblower Grigory Rodchenkov, who ran the Moscow anti-doping laboratory before fleeing past year and revealing what he knew to McLaren, was recently enhanced by the Oswald commission, who confirmed that he was a "truthful witness".
The executive board reached its decision Tuesday after a scheduled 4 1/2-hour debate when it heard from a Russian delegation that included world figure skating champion Evgenia Medvedeva.
A partnership agreement has been signed between the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) and the Russian International Olympic University (RIOU) to "fight against doping" in sport in the country. Sochi 2014 President Dmitry Chernyshenko has been removed from the 2022 IOC Coordination Commission.
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