By: Abigail Christman
Friday, February 9th through Sunday, February 25th 2018 the Winter Olympics will be held in PyeongChang, South Korea.
Russia will not be participating in this Olympic games because of doping, the use of banned athletic performance-enhancing drugs. Russia was banned by the International Olympic Committee (I.O.C). Government officials are not allowed to attend and their flag is not allowed to be displayed. The Russian National Anthem is not allowed to be played either. Any events that Russia is in, Russia cannot participate as a team, they must participate individually and wear neutral uniforms. The record book will also show that Russia has never won a medal.
In addition to all of these punishments Russia was also fined 15 million dollars because of international drug testing. All of these punishments were issued on Tuesday, December 5th 2017 by the I.O.C. Some of the Russian officials threatened to boycott the I.O.C. if they gave them severe punishments. The International Olympic Committee has been investigating for more than a year to make sure all information was correct. All of the Russians that do participate have to be drug tested. In the 2016 Summer Olympics Russia was allowed to participate but only in certain numbers. Thomas Bach, president of the I.O.C. was impressed with how well Russia hid doping.