IOC lifts ban on Russia after Winter Olympics 2018 even as country's anti-doping agency remains suspended
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has lifted a ban against Russia, Moscow officials said Wednesday, after the country was barred from the Pyeongchang games over state-sponsored doping.
Russia was banned Tuesday from the 2018 Winter Games by the International Olympic Committee over its state-orchestrated doping programme, but clean Russian athletes will be allowed to compete under an Olympic flag.
The International Olympic Committee is expected to decide whether Russia can compete in Pyeongchang at an executive board meeting next month in Lausanne.
Top Russia official says doping clean-up over; country should be allowed back in international events
Russia’s top Olympic official said his country has cleaned up its sports doping problem and should be allowed to return to all international competitions.
Russian Olympic Committee President Alexander Zhukov said that most of his country's paralympians are absolutely "clean".
The carnival capital of Rio de Janeiro will host a glittering Olympics opening ceremony party on Friday, hoping to draw a line under a turbulent seven-year build-up dogged by recession, drugs scandals, crime and infrastructure stumbles.
Russia's Olympic Committee pressed with its preparations for the Rio Olympic Games despite the threat of a ban for state-run doping hanging over the country.