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IOC keeps Russia doping ban for Olympic closing ceremony

Pyeongchang - Russian athletes will not be able to march behind their flag at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics closing ceremony later Sunday after the IOC voted unanimously to keep the country's ban for mass doping.

IOC debates Russia's Olympic fate as clock ticks

Pyeongchang - Russia's fate hung in the balance as the International Olympic Committee met Saturday to decide whether to lift its ban for mass doping before the Pyeongchang Winter Games closing ceremony.

Russian Olympic curler involved in doping case: sources

Pyeongchang - A Russian Olympic curler has been implicated in a doping case, sources told AFP on Sunday, in a potential setback as the country battles to recover from a major scandal which triggered its ban from the Pyeongchang Winter Games.

Japanese speed skater in first Pyeongchang Olympics doping case

Pyeongchang - Japanese short-track speed skater Kei Saito has tested positive for a banned substance at the Pyeongchang Olympics, the first doping case of the Games, the Court of Arbitration for Sport said Tuesday.

No 'automatic' Olympic participation for 28 cleared Russians - IOC

Lausanne - The International Olympic Committee said the 28 Russians who had their life bans lifted by sport's top court CAS on Thursday did not "automatically" allow them to compete at the Pyeongchang Games.

Lifting of court doping ban 'exonerates' Russia

Moscow - Top Russian officials welcomed Thursday a decision by the Court of Arbitration for Sport to lift bans on 28 of its athletes saying the ruling proved a state-sponsored doping system did not exist.

Sports court lifts life bans of 28 Russians accused of doping

Lausanne - The Court of Arbitration for Sport on Thursday lifted life bans on 28 of the 43 Russians accused of doping at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, meaning some could still compete at this month's Pyeongchang Games.

Putin orders alternative Olympic Games for banned athletes

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered his government to organise an alternative competition for Russian athletes banned from the Winter Olympics over a doping scandal, his spokesman said on Wednesday.

Putin orders sports competition for banned Russian Olympic athletes

Moscow - President Vladimir Putin has ordered the government to organise a sports competition for Russian athletes banned from the upcoming Winter Games in Pyeongchang over a doping scandal, his spokesman said Wednesday.

Olympic ban opens chasm between Russia's athletes and leaders

Moscow - The International Olympic Committee's decision to ban Russia from the 2018 Winter Games over state-orchestrated doping has created an unprecedented split between the country's athletes and politicians.

Russian sports fans 'sad' about Olympic ban

Moscow - Confused and dejected, Russian sports fans expressed their disappointment Tuesday over the International Olympic Committee's decision to ban the country from the 2018 Winter Games.

Olympic ban sparks outrage in Russia

Moscow - The head of Russia's Olympic Committee, Alexander Zhukov, told the IOC on Tuesday that punishing clean athletes was "unjust and immoral", with the move to ban Russia from the Winter Games sparking outrage in the country"Punishing the innocent is unjust...

McLaren says Russia risks worse doping sanctions

Eindhoven - Richard McLaren, who produced two reports on Russian sports doping, said on Tuesday that the country is risking heavier punishment with its continued denials of state involvement.

Russia threatens to sue IOC over bobsleigh doping bans

Moscow - Russia's bobsleigh and skeleton federation responded to more Sochi doping bans on Friday by saying they were prepared to take legal action against the International Olympic Committee.

Whistleblower makes claims of systematic doping in China

Berlin - A Chinese whistleblower, now seeking political asylum in Germany, has claimed there was a systematic doping programme in China during the 1980s and 1990s across a range of sports.

Spain arrests 14, seizes large doping stash

Madrid - Spain arrested 14 people and seized more than three million doses of banned growth hormones in a crackdown on trafficking of performance-enhancing drugs in sports, officials said on Thursday.

Usain Bolt loses gold as IOC strip Jamaica of 2008 relay win

Lausanne - Usain Bolt lost one of his nine Olympic gold medals Wednesday when the International Olympic Committee stripped Jamaica of their 4x100m relay win at the 2008 Beijing Games after a teammate was caught doping.

19 anti-doping agencies call for all out Russia ban

Dublin - The heads of 19 National Anti-Doping Organisations (NADOs) have called for 2018 World Cup hosts Russia to be banned from all sporting activity until a proper anti-doping system is in place.

Russia blasts NYT doping 'conspiracy' report

Moscow - Russia on Wednesday blasted a report in The New York Times that officials have acknowledged a massive sports doping conspiracy, reiterating claims there was no government involvement.

28 Russians face action over tampered Sochi Olympics samples

Lausanne - The International Olympic Committee has launched an inquiry into 28 Russians suspected of tampering with doping samples at the 2014 Sochi Winter Games in a new blow to Russia's efforts to redeem its name.

Russia faces ban calls after damning doping revelations

London - There were growing calls on Saturday for Russia to be banned from the Winter Olympics and other major international events after the latest startling revelations of state-sponsored doping across Russian sport.

No Putin link to Russian doping: McLaren

London - There is no evidence to suggest Russian president Vladimir Putin knew about "state-sponsored" doping in the country's sport programmes, doping investigator Richard McLaren told AFP on Friday.

Russia 'hijacked' sport with mass doping, says McLaren

London - Russia hijacked international sport by using more than 1,000 athletes in an "institutional conspiracy" to win medals at the Sochi and London Olympics and other global events, a top investigator said Friday.

Despite reforms, denials thwart Russia's anti-doping efforts

Moscow - Russian sport is bracing for more pain after a bruising year that has seen its athletes turfed out of the Olympics over revelations of state-run doping.

Russia's doping clean-up complete, says sports chief

Doha - Russia’s top Olympic official said his country has cleaned up its sports doping problem and should be allowed to return to all international competitions.

Russian parliament okays law making doping criminal offence

Moscow - Russia's parliament on Thursday approved legislation that includes prison terms for coaches who force athletes to use banned performance-enhancing drugs, as the country tries to clean up its image.

Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko promoted to deputy PM

Moscow - Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko, whose time in office has been tarnished by allegations of state-sponsored doping, has been promoted to deputy prime minister, Russian news agencies reported on Wednesday.

The long, winding road to anti-doping reform

Lausanne - The International Olympic Committee has acted to curb the power of sports federations and overhaul doping controls in a revamped fight against drugs cheating, but the road to reform promises to be long and complex.What has the IOC decided and why?

Putin says leaked WADA documents raise 'lots of questions'

Bichkek - President Vladimir Putin said Friday that World Anti-Doping Agency documents leaked in a hack blamed on Russian cyberspies had raised "lots of questions" about medical exemptions that allow athletes to take banned substances.

Russia suggests WADA ordered sample destruction at Moscow lab

Moscow - Russia's powerful Investigative Committee on Tuesday suggested the World Anti-Doping Agency could have ordered the destruction of test samples at Moscow's anti-doping laboratory as the country tries to deflect blame over a string of doping scandals.
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