Russia Has Been Banned From The 2018 Olympics

Russia has been banned from participating in the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Russia has been banned from participating in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

The International Olympic Committee found that Russia systematically violated international anti-doping protocols for the purpose of gaining an unfair competitive advantage in Olympic sporting events.

The Committee also ruled that some Russian athletes would be permitted to participate in the 2018 olympics as long as they could demonstrate that they're 'clean'. However, even Russian athletes able to compete would be unable to do so under the Russian flag; they would be forced to compete under a neutral flag.

Despite repeated Russian denials, the Schmid report has found evidence of "the systemic manipulation of the anti-doping rules and system" which back up previous allegations of government involvement in cheating in the run-up to and during the Winter Olympics almost four years ago.

The International Olympic Committee called Russia's actions an 'unprecedented attack' on international sporting and the international anti-doping regime.

"This was an unprecedented attack on the integrity of the Olympic Games and sport. This should draw a line under this damaging episode and serve as a catalyst for a more effective anti-doping system." This entire investigation was instigated by whistleblowing doctor Grigory Rodchenkov, who was director of Russia's anti-doping laboratory during Sochi 2014.