Russian Federation barred from competing in Winter Olympics

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The International Olympic Committee announced Tuesday that it is barring Russian Federation from competing as a nation at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Second part of McLaren Report published, alleging state-sponsored doping by the Russians between 2011 and 2015 with sample tampering at the 2012 London Olympics and Sochi 2014.

It said this confirmed the "unprecedented nature of the cheating scheme and, as a outcome, the exceptional damage to the integrity of the IOC, the Olympic Games and the entire Olympic Movement".

"In light of the decision by the IOC to allow Russian athletes to compete under a neutral flag, I feel compelled as a member of the IOCAC to make it clear to clean athletes of the world and fans of Olympic sport, that there are no winners in today's decision", Wickenheiser said in a statement she released on Twitter. During medal ceremonies, the Olympic anthem and Olympic flag will be played.

A woman holds a Russian flag in front of the Olympic Rings logo during the Executive Board meeting, at the International Olympic Committee (IOC) headquarters, in Pully near Lausanne, Switzerland.

The IOC also fined the Russian committee $15 million to pay for the doping investigation.

More on this as it develops. Both McLaren and WADA acknowledged that they lack the authority to punish Russia's athletes.

After CAS dismisses the Russian appeal, the International Olympic Committee executive decides that any Russian wanting to compete in Rio will have to prove that he or she was not involved in doping.

If it was a victory to have the word "Russia" in the team name and invite some Russian athletes to compete, it came at a cost.

The report by IOC-appointed investigator Samuel Schmid, the former president of Switzerland who was asked to verify an "institutional conspiracy", included a 50-page sworn affidavit from Rodchenkov, who was also a key witness for McLaren and an International Olympic Committee disciplinary commission. Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko and his deputy minister Yuri Nagornykh are banned from all future editions of the Olympics.

Mutko, who was also banned from the Rio 2016 Summer Games, had been implicated in the WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency)-commissioned McLaren report. He had suggested banning Russia's Olympic Committee for two years, or until the nation's anti-doping operations are recertified by regulators. The American team now leads the way with the 28 medals it won in 2014, with Norway second - and that's without the redistribution of medals that were taken away from Russian athletes.

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