IOC Reinstates Russian Olympic Team

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February 28, 2018

The International Olympic Committee has reinstated the membership of the Russian team.

The IOC had banned the Russian team from the 2018 Winter Olympics after finding evidence of widespread doping from as far back as 2012. In PyeongChang, 168 athletes from Russia who had passed further drug tests competed under the banner of Olympic Athletes from Russia (OAR). Together, those athletes won 17 medals, including two gold. One gold medal went to Alina Zagitova; the other went in multiple to the men's ice hockey team. At both medal ceremonies, the Olympic flag flew during the playing of the Olympic theme. At the ice hockey ceremony, the Russian athletes sang their national anthem after hearing the Olympic theme.

Two Russian athletes tested positive for drugs during the PyeongChang Games:

  • Curler Aleksandr Krushelnitckii and his wife, Anastasia, won the bronze medal in the mixed competition. Krushelnitckii tested positive for a banned heart drug. They later returned their medals.
  • Bobsledder Nadezhda Sergeeva tested positive for a banned heart medication. Sergeeva denied taking it, and team doctors said they had not prescribed it. Sergeeva finished 12th in the competition.

The Russian team is also banned from the 2018 Winter Paralympics, which start soon. Competing under the banner Neutral Paralympic Athletes will be 30 competitors from Russia.

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