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Russia barred from competing in Winter Olympics

Russia barred from competing in Winter Olympics

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The International Olympic Committee has barred Russia from the Winter Olympics this February as punishment for its systematic doping but will allow some individual Russian athletes to take part under a neutral Olympic flag. The IOC's executive committee announced in a statement that it was barring Russia's national Olympic committee from the Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The punishment, which will mean that no Russian athletes will compete under the country's colors, came amid intense pressure to punish the country for its alleged state-sponsored cover-up of doping by its athletes. The penalty is unprecedented in Olympic history. In a statement released after it met in Lausanne, Switzerland, the committee said it acted on the recommendations of an IOC commission headed by fo...