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'Russia still not compliant on anti-doping'

02 March 2018

Bach said two doping cases involving Russian athletes at the Games "played the major role" in deciding that Russia remained banned from the Pyeongchang Olympics, which meant its athletes were prevented from marching under their own flag at the closing ceremony.

Last week, Rodchenkov told BBC Sport that the International Olympic Committee faced "the most important moment in its history" over whether to allow Russian athletes to parade with their national flag at Sunday's closing ceremony.

Nadezhda Sergeeva of Russian Federation has tested positive for a banned substance and has been disqualified from the Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, the Court of Arbitration for Sport said Saturday.

Sergeeva - who finished 12th in the two-woman bobsleigh event in Pyeongchang - tested positive for an angina medication with performance-enhancing properties on February 18, the Russian bobsleigh federation announced on its Facebook page.

On December 5, the IOC banned the entire Russian national team from taking part in the 2018 Winter Olympic Games, over allegations of mass doping violations.

In a statement, the Institute of National Anti-Doping Organisations (iNADO) "acknowledged" the decision to maintain the suspension of the Russian Olympic Committee for the closing ceremony. The athletes have been participating under the name Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation.

Russian curler Alexander Krushelnitsky, 25, was stripped of the bronze medal he won last week along with his teammate and wife, Anastasia Bryzgalova, in the mixed-doubles competition. "It is never going to be business as usual in the world of sport and Russian Federation".

This entire investigation was instigated by whistleblowing doctor Grigory Rodchenkov, who was director of Russia's anti-doping laboratory during Sochi 2014. In fact, the issue has been so prevalent that Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko announced that there will be a Russian Olympics held for those banned from competing at PyeongChang.

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Letting them do so would be the IOC's "worst decision", he said.

"Thomas Bach was a drowning man", lawyer Jim Walden said on the weekend.

Bach echoed the implementation group's recommendation saying the board "would have considered lifting the suspension because the OAR delegation as such respected the decision of the IOC Executive Board" if it were not for the doping violations. "The acrimony caused by Bach's mismanagement should be his undoing", the lawyer further added.

However, the IOC commission did recommend lifting the disqualification of the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) as soon as possible, if the remainder of the test samples of Russian athletes come out clean.

No flag at the Closing Ceremony.

"Some athletes stayed behind later with the hope that they would be walking under the Russian flag".

"I would like to thank our athletes who were able to perform well even despite the provocations", Zhukov said.

'Russia still not compliant on anti-doping'