FAIRBANKS, Alaska - Big news from the Olympics, as the International Olympic Committee's executive board,
who was led by Thomas Bach have announced that they are banning the Russian Olympic Committee from the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Games in South Korea for what they are calling a systematic manipulation of the anti-doping rules and system.
This decision is immediate, and that Russia will not be able to participate in any of the events.
Here is an official statement from the IOC.
President Thomas Bach; International Olympic Committee>>"As an athlete myself I'm feeling very sorry for all the clean athletes from all NOC's (National Organizing Committees) who are suffering from this manipulation. We have agreed with the IOC athletes commission that for the reallocation of medals we will do our best to organize ceremonies for athletes during the Olympic Winter Games Pyeongchang 2018, to try to make up for the moments they have missed on the finish line or on the podium."
Despite Russia being banned, the athletes from there can still compete in the games if they are deemed "clean" according to the IOC.
Those athletes will play under the Olympic Flag and will be known as Olympic Athlete from Russia.
Some of the offenses that are being levied against the ROC is a $15 million fine, no accreditation for officials from the Russian Ministry of Sport at the 2018 Winter Games, and multiple Russian officials being removed from participating in future games.
This all stems from the doping scandal that the ROC ran from 2011 to 2015.
It is worth noting that in the 2010 Winter games in Vancouver, the Russians did not place in the top ten for medals, which occurred a year before the scandal began.
The ban can be partially lifted or they can fully lift the ban during the commencement of the closing ceremony of the 2018 Winter Games.
The last time a country was suspended by the IOC was India in 2014 based off of corruption of government officials.