'Icarus' Filmmakers "Applaud" IOC's Decision To Bar Russia From 2018 Olympic Games

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However, they will allow athletes to compete in the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang after approval by an IOC panel.

International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach, who won two gold medals in fencing for West Germany during the 1970s, was disturbed with what was uncovered.

The International Olympic Committee says Russian athletes will be able to compete at the upcoming Pyeongchang Olympics as neutrals.

The qualifying athletes will compete under the name "Olympic Athlete from Russia" and compete under the Olympic flag. Athletes in other Summer Olympic sports could compete only if certified by their respective global federations.

The IOC also suspended the Russian Olympic Committee until at least the closing ceremony in South Korea. The New York Times is reporting that the International Olympic Committee has handed Russian Federation some stiff punishment for their systematic doping.

IOC President Thomas Bach said: "This was an unprecedented attack on the integrity of the Olympic Games and sport".

The IOC also imposed lifetime Olympic ban on Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko, organizer of soccer's 2018 World Cup.

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The former head of Moscow's anti-doping laboratory, Grigory Rodchenkov, who is exiled in the United States, describes an organised doping campaign including at least 15 medallists from the Sochi Olympics, with the close involvement of the sports ministry and Russia's FSB security service, the successor to the KGB.

But all eyes will be on President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday when he is scheduled to speak to his supporters during a planned event. "Working with the IOC Athletes' Commission, we will now look for opportunities to make up for the moments they have missed on the finish line or on the podium".

The IOC also will bar Russian officials who were team leaders at Sochi, and coaches or medial staff who have been linked to doping athletes.

The neutral-athlete sanction is based on the approach taken by athletics' world governing body the IAAF at the Rio Games in 2016 and at this summer's World Championships in London.

The Pyeongchang games run through February 25.

However, the commission said it had not found "any documented, independent and impartial evidence confirming the support or the knowledge of this system by the highest State authority".

Any sanctions imposed by the International Olympic Committee can also be challenged at CAS, and later at Switzerland's supreme court, which can intervene if the legal process has been abused. So far the figure stands at 25 athletes, with 11 medals stripped.

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