Russia's Olympic membership restored by IOC after Pyeongchang suspension

Russia was banned from the Pyeongchang Games due to state-sponsored doping.
Russia was banned from the Pyeongchang Games due to state-sponsored doping. Photo credit: Photosport

Russia's Olympic suspension has been lifted with immediate effect by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

Russia was banned from the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang due to state-sponsored doping.

A team of 168 Russians did compete as part of a neutral "Olympic Athlete from Russia" (OAR) team but two of them failed drug tests - medal-winning curler Alexander Krushelnitzky and bobsledder Nadezhda Sergeeva.

All the athletes had all been required to prove they were clean before the Games.

Under the neutrality rules, the Russians were unable to wear national uniforms or have their anthem played at medal presentations, although the ice hockey team sang the national anthem on Sunday.

But on Wednesday the IOC said it had received all the remaining test results from the OAR delegation and confirmed that all were negative.

The IOC executive board decided on February 25 that the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) would have its suspension lifted in this scenario.

The decision had been announced earlier in comments by ROC president Alexander Zhukov on state television.

"The Russian Olympic Committee has had its rights fully restored," he said. "It's a decision of the utmost importance for us."

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