International Olympic Committee votes to uphold ban of Russia from PyeongChang Olympics

Joy Montgomery
February 26, 2018

That didn't mean there were no celebrations for the Russians in Pyeongchang.

PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 14: Bronze medalists Aleksandr Krushelnitckii and Anastasia Bryzgalova of Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation pose during the medal ceremony for Curling Mixed Doubles on day five of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics at Medal Plaza on February 14, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. They denounced the South Korean government's decision to allow the visit.

He added that Russia's Olympic status should be reinstated only after it is confirmed the Russians had committed no other doping violations at the Pyeongchang games, which conclude on February 25.

"I think it's appropriate that even if we forgive them, we should not forget the actions that they did during those Games".

"In terms of Russian athletes, I believe clean Russian athletes should be allowed to compete because I believe they shouldn't pay for the sins of their fathers".

"We recognise these two cases have cast a serious shadow over the OAR delegation and this is why we did not lift the suspension", Bach said.

On top of that, they had to wait two weeks for their first gold medal.

Of the 168 Russians invited to compete in Pyeongchang - the third largest team - most hadn't been in Sochi. The same hackers did something similar in the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro, when they released the drug testing files for multiple athletes, including tennis player Serena Williams and gymnast Simone Biles. "On the other hand we had the invited Russian athletes".

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"But finally cooler heads within the International Olympic Committee threw him a life preserver", Jim Walden, representing Grigory Rodchenkov, said in a statement.

Just hours before Sunday's closing ceremony, the IOC ruled that the 160-plus Russian delegation - participating under the neutral "Olympic Athletes from Russia" logo - could not march in the closing ceremony under its own flag.

The Russia ban and the positive doping results have been a distraction during the entire Pyeongchang Olympics.

Sergeeva piloted the Russian bobsled team to 12th in the women's competition on Wednesday and denies taking the banned medication, which has not yet been identified.

In between, humanity's most extraordinary feats of winter athletic prowess unfolded, revealing the expected triumphs but also stars most unlikely - from favorites like Mikaela Shiffrin, Shaun White and Lindsey Vonn to sudden surprise legends like Czech skier-snowboarder Ester Ledecka and the medal-grabbing "Garlic Girls", South Korea's hometown curling favorites.

The rower who won a silver medal in 1984 became an International Olympic Committee member in 2016. That left the Russians unable to compete in relays in sports like biathlon and speedskating because it couldn't field enough athletes. Thrilled athletes marched into the arena around the world's flags, relaxed after showing their athletic best to themselves and to the world.

Two strikes against readmission are positive doping tests by two Russian athletes at the games, including a curler who had to forfeit his bronze medal.

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