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Russia Banned From 2018 Winter Olympics

LAUSANNE, Switzerland — The International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced Wednesday that they are banning the Russian Federation from competing in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

According to a BBC report, Russian athletes who can prove that they are clean of performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) will still have the opportunity to compete, but under a neutral flag.

The IOC decision comes on the heels of a 17-month investigation into a comprehensive state-sponsored doping ring carried out by Russia preceding and during the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.

This was an unprecedented attack on the integrity of the Olympic Games and sport.

The investigation found, among other notable infractions, "the systemic manipulation of the anti-doping rules and system." 

Thomas Bach — the IOC President — made the announcement in Lausanne, Switzerland on Tuesday after reviewing the findings of the IOC's investigation. 

"This was an unprecedented attack on the integrity of the Olympic Games and sport," Bach said. "This should draw a line under this damaging episode and serve as a catalyst for a more effective anti-doping system."

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