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


The International Olympic Committee decided on Tuesday to ban Russia from the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Games, but to allow some Russian competitors still to take part as neutrals.

After CAS dismisses the Russian appeal, the International Olympic Committee executive decides that any Russian wanting to compete in Rio will have to prove that he or she was not involved in doping.

The IOC's executive board announced that it has suspended the Russian Olympic Committee, a move that effectively bans the country nearly two months before the opening of the Games, but created a path for individuals to compete as neutral athletes. With AP Photos.Russian athletes will be allowed to compete at the upcoming Pyeongchang Olympics but not under their country's flag. Yet, if individual athletes from the country wish to compete, they must undergo testing requirements to ensure "a level playing field". But the Russian flag won't fly and the anthem won't be played if they win. The statement said that Schmidt's report had confirmed "the systemic manipulation of the anti-doping rules and system in Russian Federation".

WADA's report calls on Russia's track and field team to be banned from worldwide competition, including from the 2016 Rio Olympics, until "state-sponsored" doping is eradicated. The two also made a statement applauding the IOC's decision.

These invited athletes will enjoy the same technical and logistical support as any other Olympic athlete.

Ahead of the IOC's decision, NPR's Lucian Kim visited Moscow's famous Gorky Park to hear what Russians are making of the claims against their country in some of its most revered sports. Both McLaren and WADA acknowledged that they lack the authority to punish Russia's athletes. The punishment, which will mean that no Russian athletes will not 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 and is unprecedented in Olympic history. Those athletes will have to first pass through an International Olympic Committee panel that will confirm they have no doping violations on their records and that they have undergone sufficient testing. The panel will include members of the Pre-Games Testing Task Force: one appointed by WADA, one by the DFSU and one by the IOC, Dr Richard Budgett. This confirmed "a widespread culture of doping in Russian Federation, affecting numerous sports for a long period of time". The American team now leads the way with the 28 medals it won in 2014, with Norway second - and that's without the redistribution of medals that were taken away from Russian athletes.