Russian Federation claim the IOC has lifted their Olympic suspension

Russia pays $15mn for IOC membership reinstatement may be allowed to wave flag at closing ceremony

On the day of the closing ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang it was clear that Russian athletes would not be marching under their own flag.

The board had targeted this weekend to decide whether to lift the suspension and allow the Russian Olympic Committee to participate in Sundays' finale. The World Anti-Doping Agency banned it in 2014.

However, two of the more than 160 athletes competing as Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation tested positive for banned substances, including a curler who had to forfeit his bronze medal.

Medal-winning curler Alexander Krushelnitsky and bobsledder Nadezhda Sergeeva failed doping tests, angering a team that had been through extensive testing before and during the first days of Games competition without returning any positive results.

Only 169 individual Russian athletes received invitations to compete in the Winter Olympic games after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) dismissed appeals filed by dozens of athletes who were not invited to the games, despite never in their lives failing a doping test.

The IOC was giving nothing away on Saturday as its executive board met behind closed doors to pour over the observations of a special panel scrutinising the Russians.

"We have to draw a line and look towards the future", Hoevertsz said.

"I believe with that we bring this story to an end and look forward", Hoevertsz said. "It is never going to be business as usual any more in the world of sport and in Russian Federation".

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Russian athletes have faced countless scandals involving doping throughout the years, with the issue coming up frequently whenever the Olympics or Winter Olympics roll around.

Above is video of the medal ceremony for team OAR Sunday. His stand has been seen as "soft on Russia" by many who called for an outright ban.

The IOC decision was slammed by the lawyer for Russian whistleblower and former Moscow drug lab director Grigory Rodchenkov.

He alleged the country ran a systematic programme of doping and claimed he had created substances to enhance athletes' performances and switched urine samples to avoid detection. CAS annulled the results of the athletes and disqualified the Russian.

The ROC pointed out that the International Olympic Committee voted to lift its suspension after the completion of all doping tests of the samples taken during the Games. "The acrimony caused by Bach's mismanagement should be his undoing", the lawyer further added.

The IOC stores test samples for a decade when new science can detect cheating, but Bach said Russian Federation would not have to wait that long for reinstatement.

However, some athletes were said to be disappointed that they would not be able to march under their national flag at the closing ceremony. The Russian delegation had stockpiled uniforms with the Russian flag in preparation.

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