Russia’s Olympic team on Tuesday was banned from the upcoming Pyeongchang winter games and slapped with a $15 million fine over its elaborate doping regime, the International Olympic Committee announced. Individual Russian sportspeople will still be allowed to compete as an “Olympic Athlete from Russia” in the cold-weather tournament, but they have to do so without their national flag or anthem. The country may just boycott the games altogether, however — Russian President Vladimir Putin has previously said it would be humiliating to compete without national symbols.
Russia banned from 2018 Winter Olympics over doping scandal
New York Post | Dec 5