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IOC suspends Russian Olympic Committee

Russia Olympic Committee

A member of security guards a Russian Olympic committee building in Moscow, Russia, Monday, Nov. 9, 2015. Russian track and field athletes could be banned from next year’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro after a devastatingly critical report accused the country’s government of complicity in widespread doping and cover-ups. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)


The Russian Olympic Committee was suspended by the IOC on Thursday because it incorporated sports bodies in four regions of Ukraine, which the IOC called a violation of the Ukraine Olympic Committee’s “territorial integrity.”

The IOC deemed the Russian Olympic Committee’s move a breach of the Olympic Charter.

While suspended, the Russian Olympic Committee cannot receive funding from the Olympic Movement.

The suspension has no effect on the IOC’s current recommendations on athletes from Russia — that sports can reinstate them as independent, neutral athletes in individual events only if they do not actively support the war in Ukraine.

A decision on Russian athlete participation in the 2024 Paris Games has not been made yet.

In a statement, the Russian Olympic Committee called Thursday’s IOC decision counterproductive and politically motivated.