Russian Federation banned from 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea

Russian athletes appeal against IOC's Olympic bans court says

These competitors will wear a uniform with that name on it and the Olympic anthem will be played at any ceremonies.

The IOC banned Russia from the 2018 Games over state-sponsored doping, but said some Russian athletes will be allowed to compete under strict conditions.

Russian athletes are among those targeted most with the nation awaiting the International Olympic Committee decision on its participation at February's Pyeongchang winter Olympics following the widespread doping scandal in the country. They would have to pass drug tests to prove they were clean and also did not benefit from the Sochi scheme.

The Pyeongchang games run through February 25.

The IOC's president, Thomas Bach, said of the punishment handed down on Tuesday, "This was an unprecedented attack on the integrity of the Olympic Games and sport". "Secondly, I don't see any reason for a boycott by the Russian athletes because we allow the clean athletes there to participate".

Some Russian athletes may be invited to compete neutrally under specific circumstances.

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"They are humiliating the whole of Russian Federation through the absence of its flag and anthem", he said in televised remarks.

The IOC executive board chose to suspend the ROC with immediate effect.

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Russia's move into wholesale Olympic cheating is often traced to 2010, when the country's athletes fell well short of expectations by winning only 15 medals at the Vancouver Winter Olympics - a bad omen as the country prepared to host the 2014 games in Sochi. Instead, it gave criteria about the eligibility of athletes and left the decisions to the global federations that govern each sport.

On Tuesday, the world of global athletics was upended by some of the biggest news in modern Olympics history.

Tuesday's decision may have major consequences for another major sports event, next year's $11 billion soccer World Cup in Russian Federation.

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Invitations will be decided by an International Olympic Committee panel chaired by former France Sports Minister Valerie Fourneyron.

It can only consider athletes who have qualified according to the qualification standards of their respective sport. Some Russian MPs immediately raised the possibility that Russia may boycott the Winter Olympics, with the first deputy speaker of Russia's parliament, Ivan Melnikov, saying it would be "incorrect" for Russia's team to travel to Pyeongchang under a neutral flag. In the 2014 Winter Games in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia led the medal count, with 33 overall and 13 golds. It wants the scientist extradited from the United States, where he is a protected witness.

To suspend ROC President Alexander Zhukov as an IOC Member, given that his membership is linked to his position as ROC President.

Bach and his board have come to their decision after reading through the findings and recommendations of a 17-month investigation headed by the former president of Switzerland, Samuel Schmid.

Twenty-eight Russians competing in Sochi are implicated in cheating by McLaren. So far the figure stands at 25 athletes, with 11 medals stripped.

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