Russia Banned From 2018 Olympics

Russia has just received their punishment for doping during the 2014 Olympics in Sochi. According to reports the country isn’t allowed to participate in the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics, the Russian flag and anthem will be excluded from the Opening Ceremony, and Russian government officials won’t be allowed to attend. Russia will also need to pay to form a new Independent Testing Agency.

Recall that Russia was accused of government-ordered doping during the Sochi games, and Russia’s former anti-doping director Grigory Rodchenkov admitted to helping athletes dope. A team put together by Russia’s sports ministry opened athletes’ urine samples and replaced them with clean ones. The World Anti-Doping Agency conducted a two-month study and confirmed that the reports of the doping program were true, and Russia’s track and field team was banned from the summer 2016 Olympics in Rio.

Olympic hopefuls in Russia aren’t totally at a loss because of the ruling. Athletes who have a history of passing drug tests will be able to compete under the name “Olympic Athlete from Russia” wearing a neutral uniform. But they can’t earn any medals for their country.

This is the harshest punishment a country has received for doping in the history of the Olympics, according to the New York Times. At the end of the PyeongChang games, the International Olympic Committee may opt to “partially or fully lift the suspension,” depending on how the country cooperates.

 

Russia 2018: Super Eagles Draw Argentina Again As Morocco Get Spain, Portugal

The Super Eagles of Nigeria have been drawn for the fifth time against Argentina, 1998 bronze medal winners Croatia and debutants Iceland in Group D of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

The draw was held at the Kremlin Palace here in Moscow, Russia on Friday.

According to the draw which was conducted by legends like Diego Maradona, Cafu, Carles Puyol, Gordon Banks and Diego Forlan, the Super Eagles will open their account against Croatia, while Argentina will do battle with Iceland.

Africa’s other representatives Egypt are in Group A with hosts Russia, Saudi Arabia and Uruguay.

Senegal are in Group H with Poland, Colombia and Japan, while Morocco are in Group B with Spain, Portugal and Iran, while Tunisia are in Group G with Belgium, England and debutantes Panama.

The opening game of the 2018 World Cup is between hosts Russia and Saudi Arabia.

The 2018 FIFA World Cup will run from 14 June to 15 July in 11 host cities.

2018 World Cup Groups:

(Group A)
Russia
Uruguay
Egypt
Saudi Arabia

(Group B)
Portugal
Spain
Iran
Morocco

(Group C)
France
Peru
Denmark
Australia

(Group D)
Argentina
Croatia
Iceland
Nigeria

(Group E)
Brazil
Switzerland
Costa Rica
Serbia

(Group F)
Germany
Mexico
Sweden
South Korea

(Group G)
Belgium
England
Tunisia

(Group H)
Poland
Colombia
Senegal
Japan