The Olympic Committee of Russia has been banned from the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyongchang by the International Olympic Committee, IOC.
The IOC claimed the ban was imperative after it was found that Russia had engaged its athletes “systematically” in doping before the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics and the normal Olympics in 2016.
The IOC revealed documents where it stated its reasons for the ban of the Olympic Committee of Russia thereby stopping them from participating as a nation at the games.
In order to add some form of leniency to its zero tolerance for doping in sport, the IOC gave athletes from Russia the opportunity to come as individual athletes representing themselves and not Russia as a nation.
Russia’s problems were further compounded when former Switzerland President, Samuel Schmid, led the investigation committee that indicted Russia of decimating normal laboratory standards in order to integrate their athletes into the Sochi games and the Olympics proper. This was stated against them for their hideous doping activities and tendency to always engage their athletes in it to win medals in international competitions.
This most recent development may ignite other international sport bodies to have a more highhanded approach in their dealings with the former Soviet Republic especially considering the fact that Russia will be hosting the biggest showpiece in the most followed sport in the world, the 2018 FIFA World Cup.