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    http://olympics.nbcsports.com/2017/1...eongchang-ioc/
    Russia’s Olympic Committee was banned from the PyeongChang Olympics due to the nation’s doping scandal, but individual Russian athletes will be invited to compete at the Winter Games as neutrals under the Olympic Flag.

    Russian athletes deemed “clean” by a panel will be invited to compete under the name “Olympic Athlete from Russia (OAR).” No Russian flag, anthem or uniforms.

    The IOC said the athletes will be invited via “strict conditions” detailed here:

    Athletes must not have been had a doping violation.
    Athletes must have undergone pre-Games targeted drug tests recommended by a testing task force.
    Athletes must have undergone any other testing requirements specified to ensure a level playing field.

    “This was an unprecedented attack on the integrity of the Olympic Games and sport,” IOC president Thomas Bach said in a press release, adding that he does not anticipate a boycott by Russian athletes. “The IOC [executive board], after following due process, has issued proportional sanctions for this systemic manipulation while protecting the clean athletes. This should draw a line under this damaging episode and serve as a catalyst for a more effective anti-doping system led by WADA.”

    The decision clears a path for Russian winter sports stars like figure skater Yevgenia Medvedeva and short track speed skater Viktor Ahn to PyeongChang.

    “Invited athletes will participate, be it in individual or team competitions, under the name ‘Olympic Athlete from Russia (OAR),'” the IOC release read.

    Bach repeated that statement when asked how it affects Russian hockey and curling teams and relays.

    The International Ice Hockey Federation was not ready to comment on the situation immediately after the announcement, according to hockey media.

    Russia Olympic Committee president Alexander Zhukov, whose IOC membership was suspended, apologized before Tuesday’s announcement, Bach said. Bach declined to detail what Zhukov apologized for.

    Russia’s doping scandal emanates from the Sochi Olympics, where it was reported in May 2016 that athletes on performance-enhancing substances were protected by a urine-swapping scheme.

    Late-night swaps of dirty samples for clean urine stored months earlier went via a “mouse hole” into a secured room at the Sochi testing laboratory.

    Secret service agents had found a way to break into tamper-proof sample bottles and return them with clean urine, claimed whistleblower Grigory Rodchenkov, the former head of a Moscow drug-testing lab.

    After investigations, the International Olympic Committee last month began stripping Russia of Sochi Olympic medals (11 of its Sochi-leading 33 medals so far) and banning athletes from the Olympics for life (25 so far).

    The last nation to be banned from a Winter Olympics was South Africa, which was barred from 1964 through 1992 due to its apartheid policies.

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    This is unfortunate.

    On one hand, it's imperative that Olympic competition be kept as clean as possible.

    On the other, Russia is a huge loss to competition.

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    Yes...it's bad but good to see they can participate on some level.

    I cannot wait to see the short track competition and it wouldn't be the same without Ahn.
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    J.Smith-Koorman made the women's short track SS team for the U.S. It was a close call and the competition on the women's side was fierce. Too bad about Santos.

    The men's competition seemed a bit subdued to me.
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