IOC lifts ban of the Russian Olympic Committee

March 07, 2018

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has lifted the suspension of the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC).

In a press release IOC writes:
The final notification of all remaining test results from the Olympic Athlete from Russia (OAR) delegation has been received from the Doping-Free Sport Unit (DFSU).
The IOC can confirm that all the remaining results are negative.
Therefore, as stated in the Executive Board decision of 25th February the suspension of the Russian Olympic Committee is automatically lifted with immediate effect.
ROC was suspended by the IOC in December 2017 after the Schmid commission concluded Russia had found that Russia had a program for systematically manipulating the anti-doping system during the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi in 2014.
The conclusions of the Schmid Report, on both factual and legal aspects, confirmed “the systemic manipulation of the anti-doping rules and system in Russia, through the Disappearing Positive Methodology and during the Olympic Winter Games Sochi 2014, as well as the various levels of administrative, legal and contractual responsibility, resulting from the failure to respect the respective obligations of the various entities involved”.
The commission was led by the former President of Switzerland, Samuel Schmid.
The IOC decided in December to suspend the ROC; to only invite individual Russian athletes under strict conditions to the Olympic Winter Games; not to accredit any official from the Russian Ministry of Sport to the Winter Olympic Games in 2018; to exclude former Russian Ministry of Sport, Vitaly Mutko, and former Deputy Minister, Yuri Nagornykh, from any participation in all future Olympic Games.
Two Russian athletes was disqualified from the Olympic Games after testing positive for prohibited substances.

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