The International Olympic Committee ruled that the Russian Olympic Committee would be suspended from competition, meaning Russia will not be represented at the upcoming 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

But the decision also doesn’t necessarily mean that there won’t be any Russian athletes present. In fact, a select group of athletes that are deemed “clean” by a special commission will be able to participate in the games under a neutral flag. IOC’s Russian athlete ban brings Cold War to sports.

“It’s extremely selective because there are other countries that don’t exactly have a clean record, but only Russia is banned at this point. Every time Russia takes a step to do something, the bar gets raised up again. So nothing Russia will do or can do will be enough.”

For retired boxer Danny Shaw, the whole uproar over Russia’s alleged doping program is really just “an attempt to humiliate Russia.”

Allegations about Russia’s state-sponsored doping system are largely based on claims made by Grigory Rodchenkov, former head of Russia’s Anti-Doping Center. Rather than attack another country for doping cases by its athletes, Shaw suggests the Land of the Free (USA) instead use this moment to reflect on its own athletes’ use of drugs.

Selected Russian athletes will join Kuwaiti nationals who competed under the Olympic flag in the 2016 Summer Games.

“The Chinese government has always been against doping, but at the same time, we believe that the rights and interests of all doping-free athletes should be protected, the transparency and honesty of sports events should be maintained. The Winter Olympics has no real value if the Russian Ice Hockey Team is not able to participate.

Sputnik / AA Magnum Analyst News 2017.

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