Russia Barred From 2018 Winter Olympics Due to Doping

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The International Olympic Committee suspended Russia from the 2018 Winter Olympics for its alleged state-sponsored doping scheme at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, saying it would permit some Russian athletes to compete neutrally by invitation only.

The ruling is an unprecedented penalty against a nation accused of drug cheating in international sports. Some Russian politicians immediately called for a boycott of the Pyeongchang games, although the president of the Russian National Olympic Committee apologized for doping violations.

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