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Russia claim the IOC has lifted their Olympic suspension

02 March 2018

"It should be clarified that the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (Rusada) remains non-compliant with the World Anti-Doping Code as it has not yet met the necessary criteria of Rusada's Roadmap to Compliance, following Russia's proven systemic manipulation of the doping control process", WADA said in a statement reported by Reuters.

The Olympic flame is extinguished near the conclusion of the Closing Ceremony of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at PyeongChang Olympic Stadium on February 25, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea.

Russia's image was further tarnished as Nadezhda Sergeeva, pilot of the two-woman bobsled team which represented Olympics Athletes from Russian Federation in the ongoing PyeongChang Olympics tested positive for a banned substance.

Russian athletes walked away from the Pyeongchang Games with a medal count equivalent to that of Vancouver 2010 but fell short of their main goal: leave the Olympics with their flag.

President Thomas Bach said today that the decision on Russian reinstatement would come from the executive board after hearing from the IOC Session on the matter.

'Subject to continued compliance with the IOC EB decision of December 5, the suspension of the ROC is considered to be lifted once it is confirmed there are no additional doping cases by members of the OAR delegation'.

Now a second athlete from the Olympic Athletes of Russia team (competing instead of the banned Team Russia - complicated, this) at the 2018 Winter Olympics has tested positive for a banned substance.

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Russian athletes, technically known as "Olympic Athletes from Russia" (OARs), ranked seventh in the overall medal count that tracked winners from the 90 participating countries in this year's winter games.

The behaviour of the 168 Russian athletes over the past fortnight - including the failed doping tests - will form a major part of the considerations. Russian medal winners also witnessed the Olympic flag fly during their respective medal ceremonies. The IOC will decide in the next 36 hours whether the country can be readmitted.

The two Russian doping cases, involving a medal-winning curler and a bobsledder, make it very tough for the IOC to lift the suspension, despite a large body of support within the organisation for ending Russia's Olympic punishment. But late Saturday night, no decision had been announced, and a spokesperson said the International Olympic Committee would resume discussions Sunday morning.

The absence of players from the National Hockey League (NHL), the world's strongest league, also seemed to take some of the lustre off the Russian team's victory.

"These proceedings shall continue before the CAS between the IBSF (International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation) and the athlete after the end of the Games; the IOC is no longer a party to this procedure".

"The Russian Anti Doping Agency has completed changed their operation", said Reedie.

"I would like to thank our athletes who were able to perform well even despite the provocations", Zhukov added.

Russia claim the IOC has lifted their Olympic suspension