IOC upholds ban on Russia

IOC member Dick Pound in a 2015

The IOC suspended Russia from the Winter Olympics in December following allegations of state-sponsored doping, though 168 athletes were granted permission to compete under a neutral flag as Olympic Athletes of Russia (OAR).

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) - It began with politics.

"I think it's appropriate that even if we forgive them, we should not forget the actions that they did during those Games. Today will be a holiday in Russia", forward Ilya Kovalchuk said after helping the Russians edge Germany 4-3 in overtime to win the Olympic gold medal.

They did so while trying to make it appear as though the intrusion was conducted by North Korea, what is known as a "false-flag" operation, said two USA officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss a sensitive matter.

He added: "The Olympic Winter Games 2026 in a traditional winter sports destination, whether it is in the Americas, or Europe or in Asia doesn't matter".

"Boycotts don't achieve anything in the world of sport", said Smith, who was denied the chance to compete in the 1980 Summer Games in Moscow because of a boycott.

While American officials quoted in the article were unable to say whether the hackers had activated the malware, they said the cyber attack against the Games - from which Russia's team was excluded for doping - was worrisome.

The opening ceremony was preceded by legal challenges as 45 Russian athletes appealed against the IOC's refusal to invite them.

The outage ended about 15 hours after it was discovered, a member of the Pyeongchang organizing committee said, and did not impact the opening ceremony or competitions.

Only 169 individual Russian athletes received invitations to compete in the Winter Olympic games after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) dismissed appeals filed by dozens of athletes who were not invited to the games, despite never in their lives failing a doping test.

With Krushelnitsky and Bryzgalova's third-place annulled, the bronze medal will be awarded to the Norway pair of Kristin Skaslien and Magnus Nedregotten, who had originally finished fourth. Then, bobsledder Nadezhda Sergeeva tested positive for trimetazidine, a medication for heart disease that also affects metabolism, according to the Associated Press.

Away from the politics, humanity's most extraordinary feats of winter athletic prowess unfolded, revealing the expected triumphs but also stars most unlikely - from favorites like Mikaela Shiffrin, Shaun White and Lindsey Vonn to sudden surprise legends like Czech skier-snowboarder Ester Ledecka and the medal-grabbing "Garlic Girls", South Korea's hometown curling favorites.

The rower who won a silver medal in 1984 became an International Olympic Committee member in 2016.

The positive tests come after the International Olympic Committee had said Russian athletes had been "rigorously tested" months before the games — and during them.

"Marching in the closing ceremonies are a very special moment for the athletes".

The IOC would have considered lifting the suspension because the Olympic athletes from the Russian Federation delegation has such respected the decision of the IOC that was taken on the 5th of December 2017, however two Olympic athletes from Russian Federation failed doping tests here in Pyeongchang.

It determined that someathletes from the country - 169 in total - would be able to take part in the Olympics, but under the designation "Olympic Athlete from Russian Federation". We have to draw a line and look towards the future.