An investigation revealed that Russia is engaged in state-backed doping of its Olympics athletes, Russia has been banned from taking part in the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea due to concerns over doping.
Although, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has confirmed that Russian athletes can participate individually as normal competitors at the event in starting from 9 february ending at 25th of February in 2018.
Russian skating union President declared this decision as “insulting and offensive”.
IOC step for banning a country from games is an unparalleled step.
This follows a 17-month doping investigation which confirmed that there is a “systemic manipulation of the anti-doping rules and system in Russia”.
On top of that, IOC also banned Deputy Prime Minister of Russia and Vitaly Mutko, former sports minister from the Olympic movement for life.
This sports’ minister, who continuously refused state-backed doping was happening, is right now head of the organising committee for the World Cup in Russia in 2018.
Other deputy minister, Yuri Nagornykh, is also banned for lifetime.None of the officials of the Russian Ministry of Sport will be allowed grant of credit for the Pyeongchang Games, the committee command.
Russian Olympic Committee also been ordered to pay $15 million (£11.2m) to the IOC for the cost of inqury and to empower the global anti-doping system.
Many Russian athletes have been stripped of their medals over the recent years, covering the way for John Jackson, British bobsleigh racer, to be awarded a backward-looking bronze medal last month for his performance at the Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014.
Russia was also almost banned from the Rio Summer Olympics in 2016 after the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) found “beyond fair doubt” the Russian Ministry of Sport and its Olympic preparation team had allowed state-funded doping.
Few weeks before the beginning of Games in Brazil, the IOC announced Russian athletes will only be eligible to compete if they have a proof of non-doping before the Games.
111 athletes were barred from competing, and 278 were cleared.
Complete Russian Paralympic team is also banned.
President of IOC and Thomas Bach, former Olympic fencer said: “This was an unparalleled attack on the honour of the Olympic Games.