In December of 2016, an extensive report found that roughly 1,000 Russian athletes were part of an "institutional conspiracy" involving doping.
The IOC also imposed lifetime Olympic ban on Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko, organizer of soccer's 2018 World Cup. The statement said that Schmidt's report had confirmed "the systemic manipulation of the anti-doping rules and system in Russian Federation".
The IOC handed out the unprecedented suspension after completing investigations about Russia's alleged doping violations, the Times reported.
International Olympic Committee comes down hard on Russian cheats, stripping Alexander Legkov of his Sochi 50-kilometre cross country gold medal and banning him for life. "The decision that Russian athletes should compete under the Olympic flag as opposed to others is a clear show of discrimination". Both McLaren and WADA acknowledged that they lack the authority to punish Russia's athletes. Yet, if individual athletes from the country wish to compete, they must undergo testing requirements to ensure "a level playing field". Should any of those athletes win a gold medal, the Olympic anthem will play instead of the Russian anthem.
"We intend to defend the interests of our athletes, of the Russian Federation, to remain committed to the ideals of Olympism and preserve all ties with the International Olympic Committee, and through these ties the problems that have arisen will be resolved", Peskov told reporters on a conference call. "There were no flawless options, but this decision will clearly make it less likely that this ever happens again", it said. "Now it is time to look ahead to Pyeongchang", Blackmun said in a statement. The IOC also ordered Russia's Olympic Committee to pay 15 million US dollars to reimburse the IOC's costs of investigating the doping scandal. It is likely to face a legal appeal from Russia's Olympic Committee.
To invite individual Russian athletes under strict conditions (see below) to the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018.
No member of the leadership of the Russian Olympic Team at the Olympic Winter Games Sochi 2014 can be included on the invitation list. Some Russian officials have threatened to boycott if the International Olympic Committee delivered such a severe punishment.
Neutral flag (also called white) - this is the flag of the Olympic games with five rings. Speaking to the news agency Interfax however, Melnikov suggested the Kremlin may decide otherwise, in which case he would support its decision. "We are a mighty country, and this whole witch-hunt started with politics".