Russian Federation banned from flying national flag at the end of Winter Olympics

Russian Federation banned from flying national flag at the end of Winter Olympics

Russian Federation banned from flying national flag at the end of Winter Olympics

"However, two Russian athletes tested positive for doping here in Pyeongchang". That would allow about 160 Russian athletes competing at the Pyeongchang Games to fly their own flag on Sunday at the closing ceremony.

However, the IOC also decided that the Russian Olympic Committee will still have its suspension lifted if there are no more positive tests by Russians at the Pyeongchang Games.

PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 14: Bronze medalists Aleksandr Krushelnitckii and Anastasia Bryzgalova of Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation pose during the medal ceremony for Curling Mixed Doubles on day five of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics at Medal Plaza on February 14, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea.

The IOC has yet to announce if the Russians will be allowed to march into the ceremonies behind their red, white and blue flag.

Medal-winning curler Alexander Krushelnitsky and bobsledder Nadezhda Sergeeva failed doping tests, angering a team that had been through extensive testing before and during the first days of Games competition without returning any positive results.

The session heard from Nicole Hoevertsz, the head of an implementation group that reported to the International Olympic Committee on the OAR delegation's "exemplary" behaviour in Pyeongchang.

The decisions on Russia's ban and the closing ceremony were carried unanimously at a meeting of the International Olympic Committee, following recommendations from its executive board.

Team Russia won 13 gold at the Winter Games it hosted in Sochi in 2014, but later lost two for doping.

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"We have to draw a line and look towards the future", Hoevertsz said. "It is never going to be business as usual any more in the world of sport and in Russian Federation".

Repeatedly tested negative for any forbidden WADA substances, with the latest check passed January 22, the 25-year-old continues to maintain his innocence, stating that only a "complete absence of common sense" would prompt an athlete to start doping in the lead-up to the Olympic Games.

Walden railed against "Russia's continued retaliation" against Rodchenkov, the former head of Moscow's anti-doping laboratory who is in hiding in fear for his life.

The Washington Post's Ellen Nakashima reported on Saturday evening that the GRU, Russia's military intelligence agency, accessed as many as 300 Olympics-related computers earlier this month, according to two U.S. officials.

The almost 170 Russian athletes won't get to parade in the white, blue and red of the Russian flag and be introduced as Team Russia. Hours before the opening ceremony, the Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled in favor of the IOC.

This was confirmed by IOC President Thomas Bach today as he was pressed repeatedly on how they had responded to the Russian doping scandal.

The overtly political 2018 Winter Olympics closed Sunday night very much as they began, with humanity's finest athletes marching exuberantly across the world stage as three nations with decades of war and suspicion among them shared a VIP box - and a potential path away from conflict.

"Some athletes stayed behind later with the hope that they would be walking under the Russian flag".

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