The International Olympic Committee Suspends the Russian Olympic Committee but May Permit Russian Athletes to Participate in the 2018 PyeongChang Olympic Games

December 11, 2017

On December 5, 2017, the International Olympic Committee (“IOC”) Executive Board issued a sweeping decision suspending the Russian Olympic Committee, among others, and imposed “strict conditions” on the participation of Russian athletes in the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games.

The decision is the IOC’s most recent response to an alleged doping scheme directed by the Russian Ministry of Sport, with support from the Russian Federal Security Service, Center of Sports Preparation of National Teams of Russia and laboratories in Moscow and Sochi accredited by the World Anti-Doping Agency.