Taking decisive action they had previously avoided, Olympic leaders have banned Russia from the upcoming 2018 Winter Games.
The announcement on Tuesday follows multiple investigations that produced evidence of systemic doping and cheating among Russian athletes, coaches and officials.
“This was an unprecedented attack on the integrity of the Olympic Games and sport,” said Thomas Bach, president of the International Olympic Committee. “As an athlete myself, I feel very sorry for all the clean athletes from all the [nations] who are suffering from this manipulation.”
The IOC did leave an opening for Russian athletes: those who can prove they have competed cleanly will be...