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Russian doping an 'unprecedented' attack on Olympics:IOC chief

AFP  |  Lausanne 

Russia's state-sponsored doping scheme constitutes an "unprecedented attack on the integrity of the and sport", the chief Thomas Bach said today.

Bach was speaking after were banned from the 2018 Olympics on Tuesday over state-sponsored doping. However, Russian competitors would be able to compete under the Olympic flag as neutral athletes, the said.

Bach explained: "The EB (Executive Board), after following due process, has issued proportional sanctions for this systemic manipulation while protecting the clean athletes."

The IOC 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 ban over doping.

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First Published: Wed, December 06 2017. 00:50 IST