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Russia is banned from the 2018 Olympics — but here’s how its athletes can compete anyway

Jpg” alt=”Sochi Olympic Rings” data-mce-source=”Reuters”>Reuters

MOSCOW – The International Olympic Committee has barred the Russian team from competing in Pyeongchang in February over widespread doping at the last edition of the Winter Games in 2014. They will be allowed to compete as “Olympic Athletes from Russia” under the Olympic flag. Gold medalists won’t hear the Russian anthem played on the podium.

To be invited, Russian athletes must meet the usual Olympic qualifying standards but also “be considered clean to the satisfaction of the panel,” meaning they can’t have been previously banned for doping and must face extensive pre-Games drug testing.

It’s not yet clear if Russian athletes plan to challenge these requirements in court. An IOC attempt to bar Russians with previous doping bans from last year’s Summer Olympics was overturned at the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

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