Russia doping culture will take years to change – whistleblower

By Gene Cherry Undated, Dec 6 : Russia’s doping “culture” will take years to change, regardless of the nation’s ban from the Winter Olympics, whistle-blower Vitaly Stepanov said on Tuesday. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) banned Russia from the Pyeongchang Games on Tuesday after it found evidence of an “unprecedented systematic manipulation” of the anti-doping […]

IOC sees more than 20,000 drugs tests in Pyeongchang lead-up

By Karolos Grohmann LAUSANNE, Switzerland, Dec 5 : More than 20,000 doping tests will have been conducted by the start of next year’s Pyeongchang winter Olympics as the International Olympic Committee’s pre-Games testing programme hopes to root out cheats in advance, it said on Tuesday. Russian athletes are among those targeted most with the nation […]

IOC faces tricky decision over possible Russia ban

By Brian Homewood LAUSANNE, Dec 4 : Under huge pressure from all sides, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) will decide on Tuesday whether to ban Russia from next year’s Winter Olympics over alleged institutionalised doping. Anti-doping agencies and many athletes want Russia to be completely excluded from Pyeongchang, but Moscow has vehemently denied state involvement […]

Russia toppled from Sochi 2014 medals first place but final count unknown

By Karolos Grohmann BERLIN, Nov 27 : Russia have been knocked off the medals top spot for the 2014 Sochi winter Olympics after five more athletes received lifetime Games bans on Monday over doping violations at those Olympics, but the final medal count could be months or even years away. This month a total of […]

Four Russian cross-country skiers get life bans for doping

By Gabrielle Tetrault-Farber MOSCOW, Nov 9 : Four Russian cross-country skiers have been banned for life from the Olympics after being found guilty of doping at the 2014 Sochi Games, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said on Thursday. Maxim Vylegzhanin, Alexei Petukhov, Evgenia Shapovalova and Yulia Ivanova had been “found to have committed anti-doping rule […]

Team USA talks up Pyeongchang over threats, distractions

By Dan Burns NEW YORK, Nov 2 : So far next year’s Winter Olympics have kicked up more buzz about the threat of flying missiles than athletic excellence and U.S. Olympic officials sought to put the focus back on the sport at a 100-day countdown in Times Square on Wednesday. Hours after the Olympic flame […]