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    Here are the conditions for Russian athletes at the next Olympics

    (FILES) This file photo taken on February 07, 2014 shows Russian model Irina Shayk leading Russia's flag bearer, bobsledder Alexander Zubkov, and the delegation during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics at the Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi. Russia were banned from the 2018 Olympics on December 5, 2017 over state-sponsored doping but the International Olympic Committee said Russian competitors would be able to compete "under strict conditions". / AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNISADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images
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    The 2014 Winter Olympics were held in Sochi, Russia.

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    The International Olympic Committee took a major step forward in the fight against performance-enhancing drug use when it banned Russia from the 2018 Winter Olympics because of a doping scheme at the 2014 games.

    However, it left the door open for “clean” Russian athletes to compete in PyeongChang. But they must meet strict guidelines set forth in the IOC ruling on Tuesday.

    Here are the conditions athletes must meet in order to participate in the games Feb. 9-27 in South Korea, as stated in an IOC news release:


     The invitation list will be determined, at its absolute discretion, by a panel chaired by Valerie Fourneyron, Chair of the [Independent Testing Authority]. The panel will include members of the Pre-Games Testing Task Force: one appointed by WADA, one by the DFSU and one by the IOC, Dr Richard Budgett.

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     This panel will be guided in its decisions by the following principles:

    – It can only consider athletes who have qualified according to the qualification standards of their respective sport

    – Athletes must be considered clean to the satisfaction of this panel.

     Athletes must not have been disqualified or declared ineligible for any Anti-Doping Rule Violation.


     Athletes must have undergone all the pre-Games targeted tests recommended by the Pre-Games Testing Task Force.

     Athletes must have undergone any other testing requirements specified by the panel to ensure a level playing field.

     The IOC, at its absolute discretion, will ultimately determine the athletes to be invited from the list.

     These invited athletes will participate, be it in individual or team competitions, in the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 under the name “Olympic Athlete from Russia (OAR)”. They will compete with a uniform bearing this name and under the Olympic Flag. The Olympic Anthem will be played in any ceremony.

     These invited athletes will enjoy the same technical and logistical support as any other Olympic athlete.


     The panel, at its absolute discretion, will determine an invitation list for support staff and officials.

     This panel will be guided in its decisions by the following principles:

    – No member of the leadership of the Russian Olympic Team at the Olympic Winter Games Sochi 2014 can be included on the invitation list.

    –No coach or medical doctor whose athlete has been found to have committed an Anti-Doping Rule Violation can be included on the invitation list. All coaches and medical doctors included on the invitation list must sign a declaration to this effect.

    – Any other requirement considered necessary to protect the integrity of the Olympic Games.

     The IOC, at its absolute discretion, will ultimately determine the support staff and officials to be invited from the list.

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