Why is Russia not in the Games?

Russia will not be able to participate as a country in PyeongChang Winter Games, but Russian athletes can do so as long it is under neutral flag. (Andrej Isakovic / AFP)

The International Olympic Committee bans Russia for the cases of doping in Sochi Games 2014.

The Winter Games- Sochi 2014, in Russia, ended up becoming a scandal for Russian sport. After the Games, it was discovered that several Russian athletes had doped themselves: they had used illegal substances to improve their performance in the competition.

Facing this crime, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) decided to impose a severe punishment on Russia: Russia would be banned from taking part in the next Olympic Winter Games.

As a result, athletes who tested positive in controls are banned from participating in international competitions.

However, Russian athletes who had not doped themselves will in fact be able to compete in the PyeongChang Winter Games, although not as Russia representatives. In total, 169 Russian athletes will participate under a neutral flag: the Olympic one.


It has been going on for long

Suspicions have exposed a whole network of doping that involving athletes, doctors and technicians in charge of analyzing samples.

To make matters worse, the Russian authorities tried to manipulate the blood tests so that it would not be discovered. Investigators from the IOC believe that this so called “doping program” had been going on for years.

Rusia "operó un programa de dopaje patrocinado por el Estado" en los Juegos Olímpicos de Sochi en 2014 para proteger a sus atletas que habían dado positivo en controles antidopaje. Esta es la principal conclusión a la que llegó un informe elaborado por una comisión independiente de la Agencia Mundial Antidopaje, AMA, en el que se asegura "sin ninguna duda" que el laboratorio antidopaje de Moscú intervino y reemplazó las muestras con sustancias dopantes de sus deportistas. El Comité Olímpico Internacional (COI) deberá decidir si deja participar a Rusia en los Juegos Olímpicos de Río de Janeiro, que comenzarán el próximo 5 de agosto. #CortosBBC ##BBCShorts #Rusia #Dopaje #JJOO #AMA #COI #BBCMundo #BBCDeportes

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In fact, it is suspected that the government itself would have pressured athletes to take those substances. In this way, the athletes would make a great performance, win medals and Russia would gain international prestige.

However, those responsible for the investigation have not found evidence that links the Russian government to the doping of athletes. That is why Russian President Vladimir Putin denies the accusations and believes that it is a political campaign to damage the image of the country.

The lack of evidence has helped the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), responsible for resolving disputes in the field of sport, has decided to withdraw sanctions to several of the athletes accused of doping.

Even so, PyeongChang’s 2018 participation list is closed and it is not certain that these athletes are able to take part in the XXIII Winter Games.

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