Russia Forbidden From Winging Its Own Flag At Olympic Games Closing Ceremony

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea( Reuters) – The International Olympic Committee( IOC) dashed Russian athletes’ hopes of parading behind their national flag at the Winter Activity on Sunday, deciding against immediately lifting Russia’s Olympic suspension after fresh drugging violations.

Russians ought to have playing as neutral contestants at the Games, their Olympic status expelled, as IOC punishment for years of dope gossips implying charges that Russia guided a systematic, state-backed drug-cheating program.

The IOC said two Russian drugging misdemeanors during the Pyeongchang Games had defaced an otherwise clean report card for the Russian delegation at the Games.

“This was tremendously disappointing and, in addition to being able to further consideration, thwarted the IOC from even holding lifting the postponement for the closing ceremony, ” IOC President Thomas Bach said in presenting the recommendation to IOC members.

Bach said Russia’s Olympic status would be restored automatically once it was confirmed there were no other doping violations by Russian athletes at Pyeongchang. It does not require any further decision by the IOC.

“That is an automated decision, ” he told reporters. “This is an objective mode … and then international sanctions is lifted.”

The dangled Russian Olympic Committee( ROC) said it hoped to return to the Olympic family in the coming days.

“We hope and truly count on that in the next few days, the membership of the Russian Olympic Committee in the IOC will be completely reinstated, ” it said in a statement.

“In light of the situation, we consider that the restoration of the rights of the ROC and all Russian athletes will be the primary ensue of the Olympic Tournament that are objective today.”

Competition at the Winter Game settles on Sunday and final pharmaceutical measuring solutions might not be known for several days or even weeks.

“I’m very disappointed, ” said Elena Valbe, president of the Russian cross-country skiing federation.

“Some jocks remained behind afterwards with the hope that they would be walking under the Russian flag. I’ve heard athletes say that they were standing just because they wanted to walk with the flag and in our uniform.”

Former Olympic ice hockey champ Igor Larionov told Reuters it would be hard for Russian actors to stand on the platform for the purposes of the Olympic flag if they won the ice hockey gold award in their final against Germany later on Sunday.

“Time needs to pass for the right to have the flag back, I ponder, ” the Russian said. “It is difficult for me to understand how any illustration skater, hockey player or skier can win golden and stand on the rostrum without their flag. It’s sad.


Russia’s Olympic delegation chief and its figure skating silver medalist, Evgenia Medvedeva, had made a last appeal to the IOC on Saturday for their suspension to be lifted, apologizing for the two doping irreverences during the Games.

Medal-winning curler Alexander Krushelnitsky and bobsledder Nadezhda Sergeeva neglected drugging exams, angering a unit that had been through extended testing before and during the first days of Games competition without returning any positive results.

The lawyer for Grigory Rodchenkov, the former Russian drugging laboratory administrator who switched whistleblower and facilitated disclose the narcotics gossip, said “cooler heads” at the IOC had dominated and stopped Russia’s immediate Olympic return.

Rodchenkov currently lives in hiding in the United States.

“Thomas Bach was a submerge humanity, but lastly cool tops within the IOC threw him a life preserver, ” Jim Walden said in a statement.

“Yet, in the decision, the IOC had the gall to claim Russia’ respected’ its decision on December 5th to institute the postponement. The acrimony can be attributed to Bach’s mismanagement should be his destroy, ” Walden said.

At the Games, the Russians have been unable to wear national uniforms or have their anthem played at medal presentations.

Russian delegation chief Stanislav Pozdnyakov has said that future prospects of flying the flag at Sunday night’s closing formality symbolized more to his athletes than prevailing medals.

In December, the IOC had maintained out future prospects of hoisting Russia’s suspension for the closing ritual, on the condition its jocks met a strict code of conduct, including compliance with anti-doping rules and observance of athlete neutrality.

( Reporting by Karolos Grohmann, Additional reporting by Gabrielle Tetrault-Farber; Editing by Mark Bendeich and Peter Rutherford)

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