Russia Banned from PyeongChang Olympics over Widespread DopingVideo

Write : 2017-12-06 11:00:38 Update : 2017-12-07 09:30:02

Anchor: The International Olympic Committee's Executive Board said that it is banning the Russian sports delegation from taking part in the PyeongChang Winter Olympics. The decision is based on the confirmation that Russia manipulated anti-doping rules.
Our Park Jong-hong has the details.
 
Report: No athletes will be allowed to represent Russia at the upcoming PyeongChang Olympics.
 
Instead, individuals will only be able to compete as neutral participants, under the designation "Olympic Athlete from Russia," provided they meet strict conditions such as no previous disqualifications and no doping violations.
 
This also means that the Olympic anthem and not the Russian anthem will be played should the athletes win gold medals.
 
Following the International Olympic Committee's(IOC) meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland, on Tuesday, IOC President Thomas Bach claimed that Russia's statewide doping was "an unprecedented attack on the integrity of the Olympic Games."
 
He was referring to the confirmation of systemic doping manipulation by Russia through extensive investigations following the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.
 
[Sound bite: International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach (English)]
“This is why the IOC executive board has today suspended the Russian Olympic Committee with immediate effect, but has also respected the individual rights offered to clean athletes by allowing individual clean athletes from Russia to participate in the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018.”
 
Organizers of the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics said Wednesday that they "respect" the decision by the IOC to ban Russia from the competition.
 
The last country that was banned from the Olympics was South Africa. The nation was banned from competing from 1964 until 1988 because of its racial segregation policy known as apartheid.
Park Jong-hong, KBS World Radio News.

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