Winter Olympics: IOC sees over 20000 drugs tests in Pyeongchang lead-up

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International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach, who won two gold medals in fencing for West Germany during the 1970s, was disturbed with what was uncovered.

The IOC says some competitors will be invited to participate as an "Olympic Athlete from Russia (OAR)" without their national flag or anthem.

Thirty-four Russian athletes tested positive in re-analysis of samples from the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, the commission said.

Two IOC commission leaders - appointed after WADA investigator Richard McLaren upheld Rodchenkov's doping claims in July 2016 - also reported to the Olympic board.

The IOC also banned Russia's Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko for life over his involvement in the scandal - he was the Russian Sports Minister during the Sochi Games.

The ROC to reimburse the costs incurred by the International Olympic Committee on the investigations and to contribute to the establishment of the Independent Testing Authority (ITA) for the total sum of United States dollars 15 million, to build the capacity and integrity of the global anti-doping system.

IOC President Thomas Bach called the situation "an unprecedented attack on the integrity of the Olympic Games and sport".

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The commission based its findings on an independent report by Canadian lawyer Richard McLaren that was commissioned by the World Anti-Doping Agency and published past year.

The president of the Russian skating union has described the decision of offensive and insulting.

The Russian authorities have vehemently denied any state involvement in doping and pledged to work with worldwide sports bodies to curb the use of banned performance-enhancing drugs in the country.

The IOC's decision to choose a more moderate path, instead of a blanket ban, does offer some Russian athletes a path to competing in the Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea - although that will be by invitation only and dependent on a stringent testing programme.

Bach said: "This should serve as a catalyst for a more effective anti-doping system led by Wada". He and other members of the French team that got bronze in the men's 4 x 10-kilometer relay in Sochi are now in line for the silver medal that was stripped in November from the Russian team. The International Olympic Committee has banned Russian Federation from competing due to a recently-discovered case of performance-enhancing drugs.

In the space of one month the International Olympic Committee dishes out similar sanctions to 25 Russians from Sochi Games. There is scientific evidence, witness statements documents and correspondence. The IOC also dismissed Dmitry Chernyshenko, former CEO of the Organizing Committee Sochi 2014, from the Coordination Commission Beijing 2022. "There were no flawless options, but this decision will clearly make it less likely that this ever happens again".

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