December 5, 2017 (VOX): Russia’s Olympic team has been banned from the 2018 Winter Games in South Korea because of evidence of a systematic state-sponsored doping program — arguably the harshest punishment in Olympic history. Individual Russian athletes can apply to compete, but they will not be permitted to wear a country uniform.

Russian officials won’t be permitted to attend the games, the country’s flag won’t appear at the opening ceremony, and its national anthem will not be played.

The International Olympic Committee’s decision to ban Russia is the result of a 16-month investigation into evidence Russia had a widespread, systemized cheating problem. And on Sunday, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) released a report confirming they had evidence that Russian authorities appeared to have backed a cheating scam with Russian athletes, providing them with performance enhancing drugs and skewing test results, ensuring that Russian athletes only produced negative tests


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