IOC to decide on Russian Olympics ban for state-sponsored doping program

LAUSANNE, Switzerland – The IOC executive board is meeting to decide if Russian athletes can compete at the upcoming Pyeongchang Olympics despite evidence that the country ran an orchestrated doping program at the 2014 Sochi Games.Story continues below

The International Olympic Committee did not bar Russia from the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. The IOC instead asked sports governing bodies to decide which athletes could compete.The IOC could now impose a stricter sanction by allowing Russians to compete only as neutral athletes without their national team name, flag or anthem.IOC President Thomas Bach is scheduled to announce the 14-member board’s decision at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday.READ MORE: Russia could miss 2018 Winter Olympics after WADA obtains doping databaseThe board’s debate on Russia has been given 4 1/2-hour slot in the afternoon. Board member Denis Oswald will sum up the work of a disciplinary commission he has chaired to prosecute Russian athletes implicated in cheating in Sochi.By Monday, 25 Russians had been disqualified from the Sochi Games and banned from the Olympics for life, and 11 medals were stripped. One Russian was cleared.Russia no longer is at the top of the Sochi medals table. The banned athletes have said they will appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne.Russian Ministry of Sport was directly involved in doping program: WADA lawyer

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