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    Russia banned from competing at 2018 Winter Olympics

    Russia has been banned from competing at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea by the International
    Olympic Committee, over what it calls a "systematic manipulation of the anti-doping rules".

    Key points:

    • Clean athletes can still compete without Russian flag
    • Russia's Olympic Committee president says athletes will appeal
    • Russian sports federations express anger at decision

    It will, however, allow some athletes from the country to compete as an "Olympic Athlete from Russia (OAR)" without their national flag or anthem.
    Russia could refuse the offer and boycott the Games.

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has previously said it would be humiliating for his country to compete without national symbols.
    "An Olympic boycott has never achieved anything," IOC president Thomas Bach told a media conference.
    "Secondly, I don't see any reason for a boycott by the Russian athletes because we allow the clean athletes there to participate."

    The sanctions could be challenged at the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

    Here and

    ... recommended analysis is Olympics: Why has Russia been banned and what happens now? ... here

    As a really interesting side story, the man who orchestrated is Vitaly Mutko was the sports minister from 2008 to 2016 and the man
    guilty of overseeing the state-sanctioned doping program at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.

    He's the president of the Russian Football Association and in charge of organising next year's FIFA World Cup.

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    Russia did it.

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    Excellent, fucking hilarious.

    If Putin had a twitter account he'd be pulling an orange cunto.


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