Vastavam web: The International Olympic Committee has lifted a ban against Russia, Moscow officials said Wednesday, after the country was barred from the Pyeongchang games over state-sponsored doping.”The rights of the Russian Olympic Committee have been fully restored,” said the president of the Russian Olympic Committee, Alexander Zhukov.”All of the doping tests that were conducted on our athletes in the last days of the Olympics were negative,” Zhukov said.
The IOC decided in a meeting Sunday that in such an event the suspension of the Russian Olympic Committee would be lifted.Russia was banned in December from taking part in the 2018 Olympics following revelations of widespread doping, though 168 athletes were deemed “clean” and were cleared to go to Pyeongchang to compete under the Olympic flag.”We are very relieved,” added Russian Olympic Committee vice president Stanislav Pozdnyakov. “A lot of what we did in the last three months of course will not be made public” he said.
“But the main thing is that our athletes had the opportunity to represent our country” in Korea, despite the team’s neutral status as “Olympic Athletes from Russia.”The scandal meant that the Olympic team from Russia could not use national colours or flag for the closing ceremony in Pyeongchang as originally hoped.Moscow blamed the two cases on “negligence rather than malicious intent,” while Krushelnitsky denied knowingly doping and some Russian media said his food was spiked by an ex-girlfriend.
Russia’s Olympic ban followed the uncovering of a doping conspiracy where tainted urine samples were switched with clean ones.Russia’s reinstatement in the IOC does not affect the suspended status of its RUSADA national anti-doping agency with the World Anti-Doping Agency, which on Monday said the country remains non-compliant, citing “proven systemic manipulation of the doping control process.”WADA previously criticised the decision by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) which overturned Olympic life bans on 28 Russians accused of doping, though they still did not compete in Pyeongchang.
“Unfortunately, so far our relationship with WADA, the reinstatement of status of RUSADA, is not complete,” Zhukov said.