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Russia banned from 2018 Winter Olympics, athletes can compete

AFP  |  Lausanne 

were banned from the 2018 Olympics today over state-sponsored doping but the said Russian competitors would be able to compete "under strict conditions".

The announced the decision after examining evidence of state-sponsored doping over several years that reached a high-point at the hosted in Sochi, Russia, in 2014.

Nations have in the past been barred from taking part in the Olympics, notably during the apartheid years, but none has ever been handed a blanket ban over doping. Russian athletes, however, would be able to take part in the Games, the said, as independent competitors "under the Olympic flag".

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First Published: Wed, December 06 2017. 00:25 IST