IOC Announces Russia's Olympic Suspension Won't Be Lifted for Closing Ceremony

File Russia's Aleksandr Krushelnitckii

File Russia's Aleksandr Krushelnitckii

But few were interested in what Bach had to say about the record number of participating National Olympic Committees (92) or broadcasting hours (140,000) for Pyeongchang. "What we have is a clear decision today and so everybody knows what the sanctions and decisions are".

Now a second athlete from the Olympic Athletes of Russia team (competing instead of the banned Team Russia - complicated, this) at the 2018 Winter Olympics has tested positive for a banned substance.

That ranked the OAR team sixth in terms of total medals but an unfamiliar 13th in terms of gold medals won, the measure for success used by most Russians. They have been the only two members to openly oppose Bach.

At the bobsleigh track on Saturday, Russian competitors were tight-lipped.

"They are taking over and will have to follow up on their cases which are still pending", he said.

Some athletes stayed behind later with the hope that they would be walking under the Russian flag. However, American biathlon athletes have chosen to speak out and boycott the upcoming World Cup final which is scheduled to be held in Russia because of the ongoing suspension of the Russian Anti Doping Agency (RUSADA).

The bobsledder Nadezhda Sergeeva's positive drug test the day before did not help Russia's cause.

Away from the politics, humanity's most extraordinary feats of winter athletic prowess unfolded, revealing the expected triumphs but also stars most unlikely - from favorites like Mikaela Shiffrin, Shaun White and Lindsey Vonn to sudden surprise legends like Czech skier-snowboarder Ester Ledecka and the medal-grabbing "Garlic Girls", South Korea's hometown curling favorites.

Two of four doping cases at the Games have involved Russian athletes, who were vetted by the International Olympic Committee to compete.

The IOC vote means that Russia will never be recorded as having taken part in the Pyeongchang Games despite the fact that the 168 Russians represented the fourth biggest delegation at the Games. That left the Russians unable to compete in relays in sports like biathlon and speedskating because it couldn't field enough athletes.

Asked if the Russian Federation saga could spill over to the next Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2020, Bach said the fight against doping will never end.

Thomas Bach, the International Olympic Committee president, has seemed to take the lead on the issue. He has also seemed hesitant to move against a powerful member like Russian Federation. During the interview she was wearing a shirt that read, "I Don't Do Doping".

The Russians will now leave the Olympics the way they entered: in neutral uniforms that provided a constant reminder of the damage done to Russia's sporting reputation by the scheme, a state-led effort to replace drug-tainted urine samples with clean ones, according to the investigations.

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