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Russia to 'Analyze' Winter Olympics Ban Before Responding

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The building of the Russian Olympic Committee is seen through a gate decorated with the Olympic rings in Moscowon Wednesday. (Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP)

By    |   Wednesday, 06 Dec 2017 08:24 AM

Russia said on Wednesday it will have to analyze the International Olympic Committee's decision to ban the country from the Winter Olympics in South Korea two months from now before deciding how to respond.

The IOC announced the ban on Tuesday after finding that Russia manipulated anti-doping rules during the games it hosted in Sochi in 2014.

The unprecedented move is the most wide ranging punishment ever given out by the IOC, according to CNN.

The IOC said some Russian athletes can still compete in the games under the Olympic flag if they can prove they are clean, CNN reported. Russia has been a powerhouse in the summer and winter Olympic Games, sponsoring some of the world's top athletes and teams.

"Now, of course, we need to cast aside emotions and quite seriously analyze the decisions taken by the IOC regarding our country before making any judgment on this matter," the Kremlin said, per Reuters. "Once again we repeat that the situation is serious and requires deep analysis. It wouldn't be right to give in to emotions."

Russian President Vladimir Putin had previously called the idea of Russian athletes taking parts in the Games under the Olympic flag "degrading," CBC News said. Russian state television threatened that it would not broadcast the games if Russia was not participating as a country.

"What is left of the principles of Olympism, from the spirit of the Olympics, from the idea of the Olympic Games?!" Russian Olympic pole vault champion Elena Isinbayeva wrote on her Instagram account, per CNN. "Without Russia it's a lame Olympics! #norussianogames."

The IOC said it will not give accreditation to any officials from the Russian Ministry of Sport and will ban the country's Minister of Sport Vitaly Mutko, and Deputy Minister Yuri Nagornykh any participation in all future Olympic Games.

"The conclusions of the Schmid Report, on both factual and legal aspects, confirmed 'the systemic manipulation of the anti-doping rules and system in Russia, through the Disappearing Positive Methodology and during the Olympic Winter Games Sochi 2014, as well as the various levels of administrative, legal and contractual responsibility, resulting from the failure to respect the respective obligations of the various entities involved,'" an IOC statement said.

"This was an unprecedented attack on the integrity of the Olympic Games and sport," IOC president Thomas Bach said. "The IOC (executive board) … has issued proportional sanctions for this systemic manipulation while protecting the clean athletes. This should draw a line under this damaging episode and serve as a catalyst for a more effective anti-doping system led by (World Anti-Doping Agency)."

The IOC had already banned more than 20 Russian athletes from competing in the South Korea games before Tuesday's announcement, CBC News reported.

U.S. Anti-Doping Agency chief executive Travis Tygart told CNN the IOC ruling was more about supporting the athletes who play by the rules than punishing Russia.

"Between those willing to sacrifice the Olympic ideals by employing a state-directed doping program to cheat and win and, on the other side, athletes unwilling to stand silent while their hopes and dreams were stolen and the Olympic Games hijacked," Tygant said, per CNN.

"Today the IOC listened to those who matter most -- and clean athletes won a significant victory," he continued.

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Russia said on Wednesday it will have to analyze the International Olympic Committee's decision to ban the country from the Winter Olympics in South Korea two months from now before deciding how to respond.
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