By Jackson Parker | USA
In the preparation for the upcoming 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, scandals with Russian athletes partaking in state-sponsored doping have appeared in the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The IOC plans to have Russia barred from competing as a country in Pyeongchang, and immediately suspended the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) and its President, Alexander Zhukov, from the Games. They also have planned to remove Dmitry Chernyshenko, the CEO of the Sochi Olympic Winter Games Organizing Committee, from the Beijing 2022 Coordination Commission, and also to bar the then minister of sports, Mr. Vitaly Mutko, and his then Deputy Minister, Mr. Yuri Nagornykh, from participation in any Olympic games in the future.
The IOC also demands that the ROC reimburse the 15 million USD that covered the costs of the investigation and upcoming Independent Testing Agency (ITA) in order to discourage both Russia and other nations from taking similar actions in the future. The ITA will provide an independent anti-doping service in order to regulate these drugs in an expandable manner and increase the integrity of the Olympics.
Russia may regain partial or full recognition back into the Olympics during the closing ceremony of this year’s Games, at IOC digression. The committee also holds authority to sanction any individuals who were also involved in the Russian doping scandal. The committee will deliver operational guidelines for the event.
But it’s not all bad news for the Russian athletes! The IOC decided that the clean athletes from Russia can compete under the acronym “OAR” (Olympic Athlete from Russia). These athletes will be wearing the Olympic flag instead of the Russian flag and during any ceremonies they are in the Olympic anthem will be played.
The Russian athletes that will be participating under the OAR name will be part of an invitation list decided by the IOC. The committee will base invites on qualification standards and the standard pre-game drug tests, but the panel has the authority to issue additional tests to any athletes. Once they pass all qualifications, they will become a member of the games and get all of the same treatment and amenities that other athletes receive.