Russia banned from 2018 Winter Olympics

Russia has been banned from the 2018 Winter Olympics because of the state sponsored doping scandal.

• Vitaly Mutko, former sports minister and 2018 World Cup chief, banned for life
• Some athletes will be able to compete in Pyeongchang under neutral flag

The Russian Olympic Committee has been banned from next year’s Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang and ordered to pay $15 million in costs by the International Olympic Committee for its part in a state-sponsored doping programme at the Sochi Games in 2014.

However Russian athletes were thrown a lifeline by the IOC, who have decided they can compete in a uniform bearing the name “Olympic Athlete from Russia” provided they can prove they were not involved in a state-sponsored doping programme.