Russian Federation banned from 2018 Winter Olympics over state-sponsored doping

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Stay on top of breaking news stories with the ABC11 News AppThe report also addresses, in particular, the manipulation at the anti-doping laboratory at the Olympic Winter Games Sochi 2014 which targeted the Olympic Games directly.

The International Olympic Committee has suspended the Russian Olympic Committee "with immediate effect", effectively banning the country from the upcoming Winter Olympics over Russia's system of state-supported cheating by its athletes who used performance-enhancing drugs.

"This was an unprecedented attack on the integrity of the Olympic Games and sport", said IOC president Thomas Bach in a statement. Mutko is at present the head of the organising committee for the 2018 World Cup and on Friday rejected suggestions that there had been systematic doping.

Some had feared a repeat performance from the International Olympic Committee on Tuesday, despite a second report by McLaren in December 2016 which confirmed that more than 1,000 Russian athletes had been involved in, or benefited from, state-sponsored doping.

President Putin warns of Russian "humiliation" and serious harm to the Olympic movement if the country is forced to compete under a neutral flag or excluded altogether. Their uniforms will bear this name and they will participate under the Olympic flag.

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Russian officials have said the country would boycott if the International Olympic Committee adopted such a decision, one that was supported by more than three dozen national anti-doping organizations.

The IOC also hit Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko with a lifetime ban from the Olympics over his role in the country's doping program.

The Russian authorities have vehemently denied any state involvement in doping and pledged to work with global sports bodies to curb the use of banned performance-enhancing drugs in the country. Although virtually Russia's entire track and field team was barred from the Rio Games, in the end, the country was able to field around 70 percent of its Olympic team.

Any Russian athlete hoping to earn invitations to Pyeongchang will have to come through a stricter-than-usual testing regime and not have a doping violation on their record.

Two IOC commission leaders - appointed after WADA investigator Richard McLaren upheld Rodchenkov's doping claims in July 2016 - also reported to the Olympic board. The sanctions have knocked Russian Federation down to fourth place in the medals table after finishing first in 2014 with 33 medals.

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