Russia banned from 2018 Winter Olympics

Russia has been banned from the 2018 Winter Olympics, in Pyeongchang, South Korea, by the International Olympics Committee (IOC). The IOC found evidence of an “unprecedented systematic manipulation” of the anti-doping system that has led to a series of suspensions for the country’s athletes in recent months.

The IOC did not impose a blanket ban on Russia ahead of the Rio 2016 Summer Games but said yesterday that the evidence unearthed by the Schmid Commission made the doping situation impossible to dispute. It therefore suspended Russia, which finished top of the medals table at its own 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, from next year’s Games in South Korea that will run from February 9 to 25th.