Russia Banned From Winter Olympics; Clean Athletes Can Compete

The International Olympic Committee is banning the Russian Olympic Team from participating in the 2018 Winter Olympic Games. The decision is in response to what the IOC calls the "systemic manipulation of the anti-doping system in Russia."

Clean Russian athletes with no record of doping violations will be invited to participate, in individual or team competitions, under the name "Olympic Athlete from Russia." They will compete with a uniform bearing this name and under the Olympic flag. The Olympic anthem will be played in any medal ceremony.

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