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Russian athletes barred from marching under their flag

02 March 2018

The IOC "could have considered lifting the suspension given that the Olympic Athletes from Russia (OAR) had respected the IOC's decision of December 5", IOC President Thomas Bach said.

At the closing ceremony, Russians will have to parade in a grey Olympic Athletes from Russia uniform under the Olympic flag, instead of marching down under the white, blue and red tricolor as Team Russia.

The vote came Sunday local time, hours before the closing ceremony, The Associated Press reported.

However Francesco Friedrich, a German bobsledder who won his second gold of the Games on Sunday, had little sympathy.

"I don't think, quite frankly, that these Olympic Winter Games have been tainted by the Russian affair because we had no Russian team here".

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But the International Olympic Committee said the suspension would be lifted - in "a few days or a few weeks" - if no new doping cases come out of the Games, where two Russians tested positive for doping.

"These two doping cases have in fact played the major role when coming to the decision of not lifting the suspension", Bach explained.

"Despite a good collaboration from the OAR delegation to respond to these (doping) cases in a prompt and transparent way, the implementation group was convinced that these cases caused significant concern", Hoevertsz said.

The Russian Olympic Committee was banned from the Olympics on December 5 because of widespread doping at the 2014 Sochi Games. "It is never going to be business as usual any more in the world of sport and in Russian Federation".

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Russia's team was banned from participating in the 2018 Olympic Games in South Korea.

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The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) said they "acknowledged" the IOC's decision but stopped short of supporting it. "We would argue that Olympic Moments have been stolen by doped members of past Russian contingents with no acknowledgement of responsibility by the ROC nor indication of contrition; the sanction must align with the IOC "zero tolerance for doping" policy", concludes iNADO in its open letter to the IOC.

Now they are waiting for the end of the check of skiers' and hockey players' tests, if there are no problems, then the decision to reinstate the membership of the Russian Olympic Committee will be made automatically.

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Russian athletes barred from marching under their flag