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Russian Federation refused to return medals of athletes convicted of doping

Russian Federation refused to return medals of athletes convicted of doping

"Individual will be able to participate under strict conditions at the Olympic Winter Games Pyeongchang 2018".

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that Russia would not prevent its athletes from competing at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics if they wanted to, damping down calls from some Russians for a boycott of the Games.

"As an athlete myself, I'm feeling very sorry for all the clean athletes", Bach said.

Another Olympics expert from the University of France-Comte, Eric Monnin, said the International Olympic Committee was "playing for its life and legitimacy" during the sordid state-sponsored doping affair, in which the global body also banned Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko from the Olympics for life.

McLaren's report in 2016 found more than 1,000 Russian competitors in over 30 sports had been involved in a conspiracy to hide positive drug tests over a five-year period.

Former Switzerland President Samuel Schmid told a news conference that his report confirmed "the systematic manipulation of the anti-doping rules and system in Russian Federation".

The IOC's decision comes 18 months after it decided not to impose an outright ban on Russian athletes ahead of Rio and told worldwide sports federations to decide individually on the participation of Russians at the Olympics in Brazil. "It will be interesting to see what happens next".

Rodchenkov has been living in hiding in the United States since lifting the lid on the intricate workings of the state- supported scheme to cheat athletes at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

Schmid's commission said it had confirmed a system described in the investigations conducted by the Canadian lawyer, Richard McLaren for the World Anti-Doping Agency, that found the head of Russia's anti-doping laboratory had secretly switched out dirty samples from Russian athletes during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi with the help of the country's FSB intelligence service.

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These athletes will participate under the name "Olympic Athlete from Russia", and their uniform will bear the Olympic flag. "Will Russia be at the Olympics but without a flag?"

In the meantime, the International Olympic Committee will conduct tens of thousands of pre-Games doping tests ahead of competition in South Korea.

While the Schmid report criticizes Russia's minister of sport and describes "a widespread culture of doping in Russian Federation", it also states that it didn't find any solid evidence "confirming the support of the knowledge of this system by the highest State authority" - seemingly a reference to President Vladimir Putin.

"I think those are conversations we are going to have to have, but what have we always said?" "Then you have to add all the Games-time testing on top of that".

The games will not be broadcast in the country because of the absence of a Russian national team.

Schultz said she was shocked at the news at first, but not totally surprised.

The press service said that the suspended athletes "are not going to give medals and will sue".

The Court of Arbitration for Sport said Wednesday it had received appeals from 22 Russian athletes over the bans, and that they asked for the CAS to rule before the Pyeongchang games begin.