The international governing body of Olympics, IOC (International Olympic Committee) has banned Russia from next year’s Winter Olympics which will be held in Pyeongchang.
Under the suspension, Russian athletes who can prove that they are clean will get the chance to participate in the Games but they won’t get any medal count in their country’s name if they win any and their national anthem won’t play, their flag won’t fly. They will be invited to play under the name 'Olympic Athlete from Russia' (OAR).
"This should draw a line under this damaging episode," the IOC said.
The ban convicted after the completion of three-year probe into state-sponsored doping leading up to and during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.
The investigation was led by Samuel Schmid, the former president of Switzerland.
IOC also announced that they would not recognize anyone from the Russian Ministry of Sport at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.
IOC president, Thomas Bach said, "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."
The Games will begin on 9th February in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
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