IOC restores Russian Olympic membership

Russian athletes will be able to compete under a Russian flag in the next Olympic games after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) confirmed that it has restored the Eurasian country’s membership.

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In an email to WikiTribunean IOC spokesperson said: “The final notification of all remaining test results from the Olympic Athlete from Russia (OAR) delegation has been received from the Doping-Free Sport Unit (DFSU). The IOC can confirm that all the remaining results are negative. Therefore, as stated in the Executive Board decision of 25th February the suspension of the Russian Olympic Committee is automatically lifted with immediate effect.”

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Russia was banned from the 2018 Pyongyang Olympics because of state-sponsored doping (The Guardian). Russian athletes competing under a neutral flag won a total of 17 medals, including two gold (The Guardian). The Olympic Athletes from Russia team ended up 13th in the medal table, the worst result for a Russian side since the breakup of the Soviet Union (The Guardian).

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