IOC deliberate of Russia doping ban

IOC deliberate of Russia doping ban

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Under intense pressure from all sides, the International Olympic Committee is set to decide whether to ban Russia from next year’s Winter Olympics over alleged institutionalised doping. Russia’s anti-doping agency was suspended after a report by the World Anti-Doping Agency commission found evidence of state-sponsored doping in the country and accused it of systematically violating anti-doping regulations. A further report in 2016 found that more than 1,000 Russian competitors in more than 30 sports were involved in a conspiracy to conceal positive drug tests over a five-year period. Russia vehemently denies the accusations and complained of political manipulation. The options facing the IOC, include a blanket ban on Russia, allowing Russian athletes to compete as neutrals or deferring the decision to sports federations as it did in the 2016 summer games.