Key findings of the IOC Schmid report on doping in Russian Federation

RUSADA remains non-compliant with the World Anti Doping Agency

Russian Federation has been banned from next year's Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang and ordered to pay $15m by the International Olympic Committee as a punishment for operating a massive state-sponsored doping programme during London 2012 and the Winter Games staged by Russian Federation in Sochi two years' later.

International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach, who won two gold medals in fencing for West Germany during the 1970s, was disturbed with what was uncovered. If, for some reason, a Russian athlete is permitted to compete in the Games, they won't be doing it as a Russian athlete, but in a neutral uniform.

If they win, the Olympic flag would be raised and the Olympic anthem played to honour their victories.

The IOC also suspended the Russian Olympic Committee until at least the closing ceremony in South Korea.

"The IOC, at its absolute discretion, will ultimately determine the athletes to be invited from the list", said the IOC's statement, ruling out all those to have previously committed a doping violation.

"This should draw a line under this damaging episode", the International Olympic Committee said in an announcement made by its president, Thomas Bach in Lausanne on Tuesday.

It was Rodchenkov who first revealed the scale of Russia's cheating and it was his testimony which formed the basis of the second of those WADA investigations, conducted by Canadian law professor Richard McLaren.

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As well as the immediate suspension of the Russian Olympic Committee, Bach announced a raft of sanctions against senior officials implicated in the scandal, including Russia's deputy prime minister Vitaly Mutko who will be banned from the Olympics for life.

But all eyes will be on President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday when he is scheduled to speak to his supporters during a planned event.

That is, if Russian President Vladimir Putin allows them to go to the February 9-25 games. Moscow has denied any state involvement in the doping of Russian athletes.

Meanwhile the credibility of the Russian whistleblower Grigory Rodchenkov, who ran the Moscow anti-doping laboratory before fleeing past year and revealing what he knew to McLaren, was recently enhanced by the Oswald commission, who confirmed that he was a "truthful witness".

The executive board reached its decision Tuesday after a scheduled 4 1/2-hour debate when it heard from a Russian delegation that included world figure skating champion Evgenia Medvedeva.

"I very much regret that the International Olympic Committee made such a odd decision", Mikhail Fedotov, chairman of the Presidential Council on Human Rights, told Interfax on Tuesday.

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