The International Olympic Committee (I.O.C.) banned Russia from competing in the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea on Tuesday. Russia is guilty of what has been described as a “systematic” doping program throughout its Olympic sports.
Here is what the ban means in full:
- Russian cannot field an Olympic team in any sport.
- Russian government officials are barred from attending the Olympics.
- The Russian national anthem will not be played at any time.
- Russian athletes can apply for an exemption to compete, given they have adhered to drug testing protocols, but they cannot wear the Russian uniform. They must wear neutral colors and will compete without a country.
Russia has yet to respond officially to the ban, but officials contemplated a boycott if the I.O.C. penalty was severe.