International Olympic Committee upholds ban on Russian Federation at the Winter Olympics

Sergeeva right tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug. Credit Zsolt Czegledi  European

Sergeeva right tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug. Credit Zsolt Czegledi European

"Clean athletes who have had their Olympic moments stolen, whether it be by missing a medal or even failing to qualify as a result of false results achieved by Russian athletes, deserve a more principled and steadfast response", iNADO says.

The IOC commission stated that Russian anti-doping rules violations (ADRV) committed during the 2018 Winter Olympics do not show any pattern and were committed on individual bases.

Ekaterina Bobrova and Dmitri Soloviev, Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation, perform.

Russian delegation chief Stanislav Pozdnyakov has said that the prospect of flying the flag at Sunday night's closing ceremony meant more to his athletes than winning medals.

The suspended Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) said it hoped to return to the Olympic family in the coming days.

The behaviour of the 168 Russian athletes over the past fortnight - including the failed doping tests - will form a major part of the considerations. And they're doing so in an arena filled with fans hoisting Russian flags.

"Time needs to pass for the right to have the flag back, I think", the Russian said.

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Hockey player Ziga Jeglic of Slovenia and speedskater Kei Saito of Japan also tested positive for banned substances, the AP reports, and the two have left the games. "I am ZASPORT", a reference to the official clothing supplier to the Russian Olympic Committee, has since been deleted from Instagram, according to The Guardian.

Bach said the positive tests from curler Alexander Krushelnitsky, and women's bobsleigh pilot Nadezhda Sergeyeva, were the "key factor" in the decision not to immediately lift the ban.

The suspension of the ROC is to be removed after the confirmation by the Free Sport Unit (DFSU) of the Global Association of International Sports Federations that there has been no additional violations of anti-doping regulations by members of the Olympic Athletes from Russia (OAR) delegation at the recent Olympics, the document continued.

"Thomas Bach was a drowning man", lawyer Jim Walden said on the weekend.

The IOC "could have considered lifting the suspension given that the Olympic Athletes from Russia (OAR) had respected the IOC's decision of December 5", IOC president Thomas Bach said.

Russian athletes have faced countless scandals involving doping throughout the years, with the issue coming up frequently whenever the Olympics or Winter Olympics roll around. "The acrimony caused by Bach's mismanagement should be his undoing", the lawyer further added.

The IOC executive board made its recommendation after Russia's Olympic delegation chief and its figure skating silver medallist, Evgenia Medvedeva, made a last appeal to the IOC on Saturday for their suspension to be lifted.

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