IOC Upholds Ban of Russia Through Winter Games

Frederick Owens
February 26, 2018

CAS said that Sergeyeva tested positive for the heart medication trimetazidine and admitted the offence, the fourth doping case to hit the Pyeongchang Olympics.

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Russians have been competing as neutral athletes - 168 of them as "Olympic Athletes from Russia" (OAR) - at the Games.

Alexander Krushelnitsky won bronze in the mixed curling but was stripped of his medal after being found guilty of doping while Nadezhda Sergeeva, who competed in bobsleigh, was banned on Saturday. "This was the key factor".

Bach said Russia's ban from Olympic participation will automatically be lifted if anti-doping officials do not find any more Russian drug cases at Pyeongchang, where two Russians tested positive.

"A few days before that, on February 13, her test was clean".

The IOC did invite Russian athletes to Pyeongchang who had met specific criteria and been rigorously tested prior to the Games.

This was the IOC's attempt to "draw a line" under the Russian scandal.

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"Second, subject to the continued compliance with the IOC EB [International Olympic Committee Executive Board] decision of 5th December 2017, the suspension of the ROC [Russian Olympic Committee] is considered to be lifted once the Doping-Free Sports Unit DFSU has confirmed that there are no additional anti-doping rule violations by members of the OAR delegation".

"We hope and we very much expect that in the next few days the ROC's membership in the International Olympic Committee will be fully reinstated", ROC was quoted as saying.

"Based on the results available, the Implementation Group noted that these ADRVs were individual and isolated cases that did not show a pattern of systematic and organized doping activity", Hoevertsz told the International Olympic Committee session. Fifty-two of the IOC's 100 members were present for the vote.

But he added: "These are cases of negligence".

Bach has defended the right of individual athletes to be judged separately and shied away from collective punishment.

That action was widely seen as payback after almost every member of Russia's track and field team was banned from the 2016 Olympics.

"We have to draw a line and look towards the future", Hoevertsz said. Evidence of that programme was detailed in a series of investigations by the World Anti-Doping Agency, but the most powerful part of the case was provided by a whistleblower, Grigory Rodchenkov, who once ran Russia's anti-doping laboratory. "Many changes have been made and many changes still have to be made".

"We will always have positive tests with regard to every nation", he said. The day where we say we have won this fight against doping will not come.

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