File photo taken in February 2014 shows Russia's flag bearer, bobsledder Alexander Zubkov, leading his national delegation during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics

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Russian bobsleigher Alexander Zubkov, pictured on the Sochi Winter Olympics opening ceremony in 2014, has been banned for all times over alleged doping violations

The Kremlin says Russia should keep away from an “emotional” response to being banned from the Winter Olympics.

Spokesman Dmitr Peskov mentioned the Worldwide Olympic Committee’s resolution to exclude Russia from the Video games in South Korea subsequent February as an alternative required critical evaluation.

His name for calm comes amid fury from Russian politicians and athletes.

The IOC made the rulings after two investigations outlined a state-sponsored doping programme in Russia.

Russia shall be banned from competing in Pyeongchang, and there shall be no Russian flags, anthems or uniforms.

However athletes who can show they’re clear – and haven’t beforehand been sanctioned – shall be allowed compete underneath a impartial flag and the title “Olympic Athlete from Russia”, the IOC says.

“The scenario is critical, it requires deep evaluation. It might be flawed to present in to emotion right here,” Kremlin spokesman Mr Peskov advised reporters on Monday.

Mr Peskov mentioned it could be flawed to leap to conclusions till Russia’s athletes had met and the IOC had been contacted.

However he added that it could not be a precedence to carry Russian officers accountable.

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Media captionIOC president: An “unprecedented assault on the integrity of the Olympics”

A member of the Russian parliament, Valery Rashkin, has filed a lawsuit towards former sports activities minister Vitaly Mutko over the row. Mr Mutko has been accused of presiding over a scientific cover-up of doping in Russian sport.

In the meantime, 22 Russian athletes have appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport over the IOC ban.


Steven Rosenberg, BBC Information, Moscow

The IOC’s resolution to exclude Russia from the Winter Olympics has sparked a livid response right here.

The determine skating coach Tatyana Tarasova described it as “the homicide of Russia’s nationwide sport”.

The deputy speaker of Russia’s parliament mentioned it was a humiliation and an insult to Russia.

In a defiant publish on social media, the spokeswoman for the Russian overseas ministry mentioned Russia would survive this – prefer it survived world struggle, the collapse of the Soviet Union and Western sanctions.

Though the Russian staff has been banned from competing in South Korea, Russian athletes who can show they’re clear shall be permitted to take part underneath the Olympic flag. However will the Kremlin enable them to?

President Vladimir Putin has previously described such a situation as a humiliation for his nation.


In 2016, a report by lawyer Richard McLaren mentioned that greater than 1,000 Russians – including Olympic medallists – benefited from a state-sponsored doping programme between 2011 and 2015.

The IOC announcement on Tuesday adopted a second investigation – the Schmid report – which discovered proof of “the systemic manipulation of the anti-doping guidelines and system”, regardless of repeated Russian denials.

The IOC mentioned the ban “ought to draw a line underneath this damaging episode”.