Russia reinstated to Olympic movement

Russian hockey players won gold but weren't finished — they still had an anthem to sing

Russian hockey players won gold but weren't finished — they still had an anthem to sing

The country had been hopeful it could be reinstated for the closing ceremony, but two Russian athletes failed drug tests during the Pyeongchang Games and the suspension was not lifted during the Olympics.

The International Olympic Committee reinstated Russia's membership on Wednesday, after the conclusion of the Winter Games in Pyeongchang.

Two Russian athletes failed doping tests during PyeongChang 2018, but the International Olympic Committee said before Sunday's closing ceremony that the ban would be lifted as long as there were no more anti-doping violations.

The IOC executive board decided on February 25 that the Russian Olympic Committee would have its suspension lifted in this scenario.

"The Russian Olympic Committee has had its rights fully restored", he said on state TV on Wednesday.

President Vladimir Putin has thanked Russia's ice hockey gold medalists for singing their national anthem during the PyeongChang Winter Olympics medal ceremony. The IOC confirmed the suspension had been lifted in a brief statement. I thank the fans who did not cross the line.

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Russian athletes were banned after the Sochi 2014 and the OAR were not allowed to fly the Russian flag during the opening and closing ceremonies of the recently concluded winter games held in the city of Pyeongchang, South Korea. "It's a decision of the utmost importance for us".

The money, which the ROC announced was paid in full last week, would also be used to establish an independent testing authority "to build the capacity and integrity of the global anti-doping system".

Krushelnitckii and his wife and curling partner, Anastasia Bryzgalova, gave back their bronze medals, after he tested positive for meldonium.

World Anti-Doping Agency president Craig Reedie told CNN during the Games that the Russians had "come a long way".

Moscow blamed the two cases on "negligence rather than malicious intent", while Krushelnitsky denied knowingly doping and some Russian media said his food was spiked by an ex-girlfriend. "We sang because we're Russian people and when you win, the anthem is played. It's freedom of speech".

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