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06 December 2017, 12:41 | Colleen Roy
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"In light of the decision by the IOC to allow Russian athletes to compete under a neutral flag, I feel compelled as a member of the IOCAC to make it clear to clean athletes of the world and fans of Olympic sport, that there are no winners in today's decision", Wickenheiser said in a statement she released on Twitter.
"They will compete with a uniform bearing this name (OAR) and under the Olympic Flag", the IOC said in its ruling.
President Putin warns of Russian "humiliation" and serious harm to the Olympic movement if the country is forced to compete under a neutral flag or excluded altogether.
The Schmid report found evidence of "the systemic manipulation of the anti-doping rules and system" which back up previous allegations of government involvement in cheating in the run up to and during the Winter Olympics nearly four years ago.
WADA's report calls on Russia's track and field team to be banned from worldwide competition, including from the 2016 Rio Olympics, until "state-sponsored" doping is eradicated. There were no flawless options, but this decision will clearly make it less likely that this ever happens again.
Jim Walden, lawyer for whistle-blower and head of Russia's anti-doping program Dr. Grigory Rodchenkov, made his first public comments following the announcement of the decision of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) regarding banning Russian Federation following investigations of a doping scheme. So far the figure stands at 25 athletes, with 11 medals stripped.
The IOC, at its absolute discretion, will ultimately determine the support staff and officials to be invited from the list. Both McLaren and WADA acknowledged that they lack the authority to punish Russia's athletes.
Thomas Bach, the president of the IOC, has said he was perturbed not only by Russia's widespread cheating but by how it had been accomplished: by corrupting the Olympic laboratory that handled drug testing at the games, and on orders from Russia's own Olympic officials.
Bach was joined Tuesday by Samuel Schmid, the former president of Switzerland, who led a commission investigating the allegations against Russian Federation. But, in light of legal appeals from numerous Russian athletes who have been disqualified by the International Olympic Committee, it is uncertain if all results from Sochi will be finalized in time.
That commission, chaired by International Olympic Committee member Denis Oswald, was tasked with handling individual cases.
The IOC has also been declaring sanctioned athletes to be ineligible for future Olympics as it strips them of their victories - an approach that has promised to reshape the field for the upcoming 2018 PyeongChang games in South Korea.
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