Top officials for the International Olympic Committee are considering possible penalties against Russia for doping violations, including barring the country’s national anthem at the coming Winter Olympics and keeping its delegation of athletes out of the opening ceremony, according to several people with knowledge of the deliberations. This was reported by the New York Times.
With less than 100 days to go before the Games begin in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Olympic officials are under intense pressure to announce their decision on how Russia will be punished for corrupting several Olympics — most notably the 2014 Sochi Games — with an elaborate, state-supported doping scheme.
It is unclear which, if any, option the I.O.C. leadership favors at this point. It is possible that any punishment will be far less severe.
Dr. Grigory Rodchenkov — Russia’s former antidoping lab chief now living in the United States — described widespread, systematic doping in a tell-all account that prompted the World Anti-Doping Agency to commission an investigation.
As it was reported earlier athletes performing for Ukraine’s national Olympic team will be able to get 40 licenses in eleven kinds of sport before the Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, slated for the next year. Vyacheslav Kyrylenko, Ukraine’s Vice Premier for Humanitarian Issues tweeted this on Tuesday, after he chaired the session of the organization committee, which is responsible for preparations to the next year’s Games.