Russia Pays a Price for Doping Scandal

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Russian athletes can compete in the 2018 Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, the IOC said on Tuesday - but the athletes will have to pass strict scrutiny, and instead of wearing their nation's uniform, they will compete under the title "Olympic Athlete from Russia (OAR)". Rodchenkov appeared in filmmakers Bryan Fogel and Dan Cogan's critically acclaimed documentary, Icarus, an expose on the Russian state-sponsored doping system.

IOC President Thomas Bach led a meeting Tuesday of the IOC Executive Board in Lausanne that took action against Russian Federation over a doping scandal that began more than two years ago with revelations of a corrupted anti-doping system. Stay on top of breaking news stories with the ABC11 News AppThe report also addresses, in particular, the manipulation at the anti-doping laboratory at the Olympic Winter Games Sochi 2014 which targeted the Olympic Games directly. The bans came as a result of an International Olympic Committee investigation into allegations of widespread doping among Russians and sample tampering by laboratory and security officials at the Sochi Olympics.

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The report by IOC-appointed investigator Samuel Schmid, the former president of Switzerland who was asked to verify an "institutional conspiracy", included a 50-page sworn affidavit from Rodchenkov, who was also a key witness for McLaren and an International Olympic Committee disciplinary commission.

The commission said that evidence in the McLaren report showed "failure to respect the WADA Code within the various entities under the responsibility of the Russian Ministry of Sport".

No member of the leadership of the Russian Olympic Team at the Olympic Winter Games Sochi 2014 can be included on the invitation list.

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Individual cases are being looked at by the Disciplinary Commission, chaired by Denis Oswald, a Swiss lawyer and former International Olympic Committee executive board member.

Whistleblower, Grigory Rodchenkov, was the former head of a Moscow drug-testing lab.

The Schmid report found evidence of "the systemic manipulation of the anti-doping rules and system" which back up previous allegations of government involvement in cheating in the run up to and during the Winter Olympics nearly four years ago. It wants the scientist extradited from the United States, where he is a protected witness. It found that Russian officials had tampered with and even swapped urine samples, corrupting the testing.

At Rio, around 270 Russians are cleared to compete, with 111 excluded. Aram... many had anticipated this decision but what are the reasons behind the ban?

At the coming games, Bach said Tuesday, a special medal ceremony will reassign medals to retroactive winners from Sochi.

Meanwhile, Russian coaches and athletes were vehemently condemning the decision and discussing how it could be appealed.

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