Russia will not be participating in the 2018 Winter Olympics, a decision that has advocates for clean sport jumping for joy.
The evidence of rampent drug use amongst Russian athletes has been overwhelming in both winter and summer sport athletes, thanks to a government sponsored state run doping program that is now very much public knowledge.
Over the last few years, there have been many positive doping cases reported in Russian athletes from an array of different sports, leading to bans from competition, and the stripping of Olympic medals won.
According to IOC President Thomas Bach, Russia’s doping program and their attempts to cheat their way to success is “an unprecedented attack on the integrity of the Olympic Games and sport.”
“As an athlete myself, I’m feeling very sorry for all the clean athletes,” Bach said.
Athletes from Russia can still compete at the games, but the Russian uniform is banned, and any athlete that chooses to compete must do so under the title “Olympic Athlete from Russia (OAR).
The Olympics are set to begin in February in PyeongChang, South Korea.