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

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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. Russian Federation will also be marked in the record books as having obtained zero medals during this Games (which, duh).

The politician is now head of the organising committee for the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation.

The Russian authorities have vehemently denied any state involvement in doping and pledged to work with worldwide sports bodies to curb the use of banned performance-enhancing drugs in the country.

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko attends an event for the 2018 World Cup in Moscow on November 30, 2017.

That was the punishment issued Tuesday to the proud sports juggernaut that has long used the Olympics as a show of global force but was exposed for systematic doping in previously unfathomable ways.

Thomas Bach, the president of the IOC, has said he was perturbed not only by Russia's widespread cheating but by how it had been accomplished: by corrupting the Olympic laboratory that handled drug testing at the games, and on orders from Russia's own Olympic officials.

Russian lawmakers and other officials quickly rejected the International Olympic Committee decision, saying it was influenced by politics.

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"This should draw a line under this damaging episode and serve as a catalyst for a more effective anti-doping system led by WADA", he added, referring to the World Anti-Doping Agency.

"They will compete with a uniform bearing this name (OAR) and under the Olympic Flag", the IOC said in its ruling. However no announcement has yet been made by the country's president, Vladimir Putin, or the Russian Olympic Committee. "This is a punch in the stomach".

Scott Blackmun, CEO of the United States Olympic Committee, called the decision "strong and principled".

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. "There were no flawless options, but this decision will clearly make it less likely that this ever happens again", it said.

The president of the Russian skating union has described the decision of offensive and insulting. Athletes in other Summer Olympic sports could compete only if certified by their respective global federations. During medal ceremonies, the Olympic anthem and Olympic flag will be played.

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.

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