Russian athletes won 22 Olympic medals at the 2014 Winter Games, but after an unprecedented ruling by the International Olympic Committee, they will not take home any at the upcoming 2018 Olympic Games. However no announcement has yet been made by the country's president, Vladimir Putin, or the Russian Olympic Committee.
Russian athletes will compete at the PyeongChang Olympics, but only under terms set by the IOC. Yet, if individual athletes from the country wish to compete, they must undergo testing requirements to ensure "a level playing field".
The IOC also confirmed that these "neutral athletes" will not get to wear any Russian uniform - or hear their country's national anthem - if they win a gold medal. The statement said that Schmidt's report had confirmed "the systemic manipulation of the anti-doping rules and system in Russian Federation".
We applaud today's decision by the International Olympic Committee. As sports minister in 2014, he was deeply implicated in the Sochi doping plot by two International Olympic Committee commissions and a World Anti-Doping Agency investigation.
The IOC, at its absolute discretion, will ultimately determine the support staff and officials to be invited from the list. More than two dozen Russian athletes have been disqualified from the Sochi standings as a result, and Olympic officials are still sorting through the tainted results and rescinding medals. No coaches or medical doctors whose prior athletes have violated anti-doping rules may participate in the 2018 Games.
IOC suspends Russian Federation from the PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games
President Vladimir V. Putin seemed to be predicting a boycott of the Pyeongchang Games, since his foreign policy in recent years has been based on the premise that he has rescued Russian Federation from the humiliation inflicted on it by the West after the collapse of the Soviet Union. President Vladimir Putin poses for photographs with numerous Russian winners.
Russian Sports Ministry officials have apologized for widespread doping among their athletes, but forcefully have denied allegations of government involvement and painted Rodchenkov as a rogue actor.
Neutral flag (also called white) - this is the flag of the Olympic games with five rings.
It said this confirmed the "unprecedented nature of the cheating scheme and, as a outcome, the exceptional damage to the integrity of the IOC, the Olympic Games and the entire Olympic Movement".
"Should our country's leadership and national sports decide otherwise, we will still be cheering for our people", Melnikov said, adding, "In this case, it is important to build an information campaign around the Games in a particular way".