One Major Country Will be left out of the 2018 Olympics [watch]

One Major Country Will be left out of the 2018 Olympics [watch]

One Major Country Will be left out of the 2018 Olympics [watch]

Russian teams have been banned from the 2018 Winter Olympics — set to kick off in South Korea in February — due to an alleged state-backed doping scandal that dates back to the 2014 Sochi Games. “This was an unprecedented attack on the integrity of the Olympic Games and sport…This should draw a line under this damaging episode and serve as a catalyst for a more effective anti-doping system led by WADA,” Thomas Bach, the head of the International Olympic Committee, said during a press conference.

Athletes from Russia who do compete will have to wear neutral uniforms, and will be subject to strict anti-doping scrutiny. Reports say Russia had athletes Sochi urine samples tampered with by intelligence agents, who would swap them out via a hole in the wall of a lab.

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