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Russians could still boycott Winter Olympics

A final decision on whether Russian athletes will compete under a neutral flag at the 2018 Winter Olympics will be made next week. The International Olympic Committee says Russian sports federations and athletes will meet on 12 December. The Russian Olympic Committee was banned from the Pyeongchang Games by the IOC on Tuesday for doping offences. But IOC president Thomas Bach said he hoped clean athletes would “seize the opportunity” to compete in South Korea. Russian President Vladimir Putin has already said the state will not stand in the way…

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Russia banned from sending a team to the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics after IOC investigates state-sponsored doping claims at Sochi 2014

Only invited Russian athletes will be allowed to compete as neutral competitors Tuesday, December 5, 2017 Russia has been banned from sending a team to February’s Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. The International Olympic Committee announced the suspension of the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) on Tuesday, meaning only invited Russian athletes will be allowed to compete and they will be considered neutral competitors. The decision was reached after the IOC’s 14-strong executive board received a recommendation from a disciplinary commission set up to investigate claims Russia conducted a state-sponsored doping programme…

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Russian doping: IOC bans Russia from 2018 Winter Olympics

Russia has been banned from competing at next year’s Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang by the International Olympic Committee. But Russian athletes who can prove they are clean would be allowed to compete in South Korea under a neutral flag. It follows an investigation into allegations of state-sponsored doping at the 2014 Games hosted by Russia in Sochi. “This should draw a line under this damaging episode,” the IOC said. IOC president Thomas Bach and his board – who made the announcement in Lausanne on Tuesday – came to the decision…

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GB predicted to have best ever Winter Olympics

Team GB will have its best ever Winter Olympics next year by winning five medals, according to data analysts who have predicted the final medal table. British athletes have won a total of 26 medals across 22 previous Olympics with a joint best of four at the 2014 Sochi and 1924 Chamonix Games. UK Sport sets the actual medal targets for Team GB and is expected to announce the figure for Pyeongchang in 2018. Germany tops the virtual medal table with Team GB predicted to finish 21st. Gracenote’s virtual medal…

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British Bobsleigh to stop funding women's team – five months before Olympics

British Bobsleigh is set to withdraw funding from its women’s team – just five months before the Winter Olympics – BBC Sport has learned. Mica McNeill – the top female driver – said she was “gutted and shocked” to be told by bosses there was no money left to fund her because of “an overspend”. The crisis-hit British Bobsleigh and Skeleton Association (BBSA) is the country’s best-funded winter sport governing body, and intends to continue supporting three men’s teams on its performance programme. But it is now uncertain whether Team…

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Paris awarded 2024 Olympics with Los Angeles named hosts for 2028 games

IOC President Thomas Bach Wednesday, September 13, 2017 Paris and Los Angeles have been announced as respective hosts of the 2024 and 2028 Olympic Games. The “tripartite agreement” between the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Paris 2024 and Los Angeles 2028 was ratified in the Peruvian capital Lima on Wednesday. The historic compromise sees both cities join London as three-time hosts of the summer Games, with Paris getting its wish to go first and celebrate the 100th anniversary of its last Olympics in 1924. LA, meanwhile, gets the certainty of a…

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Paris to host 2024 Olympics with LA venue for 2028 Games

Paris and Los Angeles have been named as hosts of the 2024 and 2028 summer Games respectively by the International Olympic Committee. Both cities had wanted to host the 2024 event, before LA agreed to wait an extra four years after the IOC made guarantees on funding. The Paris Games, which had fallen short with bids for 2008 and 2012, will mark 100 years since it was last held in the French capital. Los Angeles hosted it in 1932 and 1984. Paris and Los Angeles had been the only two…

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