International Olympic Committee lifts suspension of Russian Federation

Russians win hockey gold with 4-3 OT win over Germany

Russians win hockey gold with 4-3 OT win over Germany

Russian Federation was earlier banned from being recognized as a member of the International Olympic Committee in 2014 when it was revealed that systematic doping was state-sponsored.

"Therefore...the suspension of the Russian Olympic Committee is automatically lifted with immediate effect", it said.

In all, there were two failed drugs tests among 168 Russian athletes who competed as neutrals.

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He added that the IOC had confirmed that "all remaining results are negative, meaning that the Russian Olympic Committee's rights have been completely restored". "The IOC can confirm that all remaining results are negative", started a statement released by the IOC.

The International Olympic Committee have lifted their suspension of Russian Federation just few days after the curtain fell on the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang South Korea.

The government has denied any state involvement in the plot but a top sports official Vitaly Mutko, now a deputy prime minister, was suspended by the International Olympic Committee for life. The only Russians at the March 8-18 Pyeongchang Games will be known as "Neutral Paralympic Athletes", mirroring the IOC's compromise.

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The ROC also paid a fine of $15 million as part of its efforts to have the Olympic ban lifted, although Russian officials have repeatedly denied state involvement in doping.

The confirmation means Russian Federation have been reinstated just three days after the end of the Winter Games. Today's IOC's decision is very important for us. The OAR finished with 17 medals - two gold - none of which will count toward Russia's medal count.

The time since the ban on December 5 was "probably some of the most hard months in the history of Russian sports and the Olympic movement in Russia", Zhukov said, praising athletes in particular for competing in "difficult conditions". Curler Aleksandr Krushelnitckii, who won bronze in mixed curling, was banned from the Games and forced to return his bronze medal.

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The ROC was banned in December after a World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) report uncovered a state-supported systematic campaign to cover up the doping of Russian athletes ahead of Sochi 2014 and other events.

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