Russia Banned From 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics By International Olympic Committee

By  //  December 5, 2017

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Banned for state-sponsored doping among its athletes in 2014 Sochi Olympics

ABOVE VIDEO: Russian athletes react to IOC decision on Russia’s participation in 2018 Winter Olympics. (RT Video)

(FOX NEWS) – The International Olympic Committee on Tuesday banned Russia from competing in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, for state-sponsored doping among its athletes.

The ban forbids Russian officials from attending the games, which begin next February. The Russian flag will not be displayed at the Olympics and the country’s national anthem will not play during the opening ceremony.

The Russian Olympic Committee also received a $15 million fine, while Vitaly Mutko, Russia’s deputy prime minister, received a lifetime ban from Olympic activities.

The penalties are unprecedented in the history of the Olympics.

“This was an unprecedented attack on the integrity of the Olympic Games and sport. This should draw a line under this damaging episode and serve as a catalyst for a more effective anti-doping system,” IOC President Thomas Bach said in a statement obtained by the BBC.

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