Winter Olympics: Second Russian athlete returns positive drug test in Pyeongchang


"The IOC executive board decided first not to lift the suspension of the Russian Olympic Committee for the closing ceremony", Bach said, "therefore, no delegation of the Russian Olympic Committee will have taken part in these Olympic Winter Games".

Alexander Krushelnitzky, a curler who tested positive for meldonium, had to return his bronze in the medal mixed doubles curling category, and bobsledder Nadezhda Sergeeva was tested positive for trimetazidine.

VASILY MAXIMOV/AFP/Getty Images People hold a placard with the picture of Russian President Vladimir Putin and flags during the 'Russia is in my heart!' rally in support of Russian athletes on February 3, 2018 in central Moscow. "If there are no problems, then a decision to reinstate the membership of the Russian Olympic Committee will be made automatically", he said. The Russian delegation had stockpiled uniforms with the Russian flag in preparation.

The Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) says it hopes to be back in the Olympic fold "in the next few days" and welcomed the IOC's decision.

"I would like to thank our athletes who were able to perform well even despite the provocations", Zhukov said. We just haven't seen much of it because this is the only gold medal for team OAR other than Alina Zagitova's in women's figure skating (though if you're only going to win two golds, those are the medals to win).

'I don't think these Olympic Games have been been tainted by the affair, ' he said.

The suspension of the ROC is to be removed after the confirmation by the Free Sport Unit (DFSU) of the Global Association of International Sports Federations that there has been no additional violations of anti-doping regulations by members of the Olympic Athletes from Russia (OAR) delegation at the recent Olympics, the document continued.

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Russia's national Olympic committee were suspended in December over systemic drug-cheating that reached its apex at the Sochi 2014 Olympics.

"iNADO acknowledges the decision of the IOC to maintain the suspension of the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) for the Closing Ceremony".

Rodchenkov now lives in hiding in the United States. "The acrimony caused by Bach's mismanagement should be his undoing", the lawyer further added.

Players on the Russian team said they agreed before the game that they would sing the anthem.

It means the 168 athletes competing as "Olympic Athletes from Russia" (OAR) are blocked from marching under their country's flag as the closing ceremony gets underway.

In Pyeongchang, there had been a sense that the IOC might lift the ban on Russian Federation - particularly after its national committee paid a $15 million fine that was levied along with the suspension.