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Doping Scheme: IOC Bans Russia from 2018 Winter Olympics

Russia won’t be competing at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics after the International Olympics Committee (IOC) announced the banning of the Kremlin team.

According to IOC, it found evidence of an “unprecedented systematic manipulation” of the anti-doping system that has led to a series of suspensions for the country’s athletes in recent months.

The IOC did not however impose a blanket ban on Russia ahead of the Rio 2016 Summer Games but said on Tuesday that the evidence unearthed by the Schmid Commission made the doping situation impossible to dispute.

As a result, Russia is suspended participating at the next year’s Games in South Korea that run from February 9 to February 25.

IOC has however,left the door open for some innocent Russian athletes whom might be interested to compete as an “Olympic Athlete of Russia”, as long as they satisfy strict conditions.

The IOC has also suspended it’s member Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) president Alexander Zhukov while Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko, sports minister at the time of the Sochi Games, was also banned from any future participation at the Olympics.

 

U.S. Senator John McCain, a frequent critic of the Kremlin, praised the IOC announcement.

“The International Olympic decision to ban Russia from the 2018 Winter Olympics is a welcome step in serving justice to Vladimir Putin’s government for its elaborate doping scheme in 2014,” he said in a statement.

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Ex ‘Team USA’ Gymnastics Doctor Larry Nassar sentenced to 175 Years in Prison

Former Team USA Gymnastics doctor, Larry Nassar, has been sentenced to 175 years in prison, Guardian reports.

Mr Nassar, who had previously pled guilty to molesting 7 girls under his care, had a total of 156 girls and women testify against him at his sentencing hearing.

Another 24 girls and women also submitted private letters to the court, explaining how they too suffered abuse at the hands of Nassar.

Delivering her judgement, Aquilina said;

“It is my honor to sentence you because, sir, you do not deserve to walk outside of a prison ever again,”

“Anywhere you walk, destruction would occur to those most vulnerable,”.

Nassar, giving a brief statement before the sentencing, said hearing his victims’ testimonies shook him to his core. He said:

Your words these past several days have had a significant emotional effect on myself and have shaken me to my core.

I will carry your words with me for the rest of my days.

Some of the victims that came forward to testify includes Olympic champions Aly Raisman and McKayla Maroney, and other high profile victims who didn’t includes Simone Biles, who just last week came out to say on Twitter that she too was abused by Nassar.

Nassar is currently serving a 60-year sentence in federal prison for possession of child pornography.

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Nigeria’s First Women Bobsled team has qualified for the 2018 Winter Olympics after completing the required five qualifying races on Wednesday.

The pioneer Bobsled team comprises of Seun Adigun, Ngozi Onwumere, and Akuoma Omeoga is not just Nigeria’s first ever bobsled team but Africa’s first team in both male and female categories to ever take part in any accredited Bobsled event.

Seun Adigun while speaking to ESPN said;

This is a huge milestone for sports in Nigeria, Nothing makes me prouder than to know that I can play a small role in creating opportunities for winter sports to take place in Nigeria. Our objective now is to be the best representation of Africa that the Winter Olympics have ever witnessed.

Nigeria's First Women Bobsled Team qualifies for 2018 Winter Olympics

Reports has it that Visa has announced plans to partner with the team in order to help facilitate their trip to the Olympic Winter Games.

Disclosing the partnership, Chief Brand and Innovation Marketing Officer at Visa, Chris Curtin said:

When we first heard their story we recognized the collective spirit of these athletes as a perfect fit for Team Visa.

By joining Team Visa, we hope to provide this group of determined athletes with a global stage to tell their story and inspire athletes all over the world to follow their dreams and never give up.

The athleticism and determination of each member of the Nigerian Women’s Bobsled Team is palpable, as they push to rewrite history in their sport.

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Team Nigerian will now joins Team Visa’s diverse roster of athletes, which includes: Mikaela Shiffrin (USA), Chloe Kim (USA), Gus Kenworthy (USA), Hilary Knight (USA), Oksana Masters (USA), Mark McMorris(Canada), Lee Sang-Hwa (South Korea), Kamil Stoch (Poland) and others.

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Los Angeles will host the Olympic and Paralympic Games for the first time in 44 years after officials confirmed the 2028 edition will be hosted in the city, leaving Paris to stage the 2024 edition.

According to BBC Sports, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) voted to name hosts for successive Games in June with just Paris and Los Angeles bidding – but it was unclear which would host in which year.

After the announcement, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said bringing the Olympics back was too good an idea to pass up after hosting the 1932 and 1984 editions.

Casey Wasserman, Los Angeles bid committee chairman said both cities now stand together ready to serve the Olympic and Paralympic movements.

The IOC wanted both cities to reach an agreement before September and had they not, a vote to select the 2024 host would have been held.

IOC president Thomas Bach described LA’s decision as “strong and enthusiastic”.

He added: “We are very confident that we can reach a tripartite agreement under the leadership of the IOC with LA and Paris in August, creating a win-win-win situation for all three partners. This agreement will be put forward to the IOC session in Lima in September for ratification.”

The two cities were the only ones left in the race for 2024 after Budapest, Hamburg and Rome withdrew.

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