Rus­sia avoids dop­ing ban

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT -

RUS­SIA is re­port­edly set to es­cape a ban from next year’s Win­ter Olympics in South Korea and will in­stead be handed a large fine for en­demic dop­ing.

The In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee is un­der­stood to be close to is­su­ing what has been de­scribed as an “F1- style” fine sim­i­lar to the $ US100 mil­lion sanc­tion slapped on McLaren in 2007 for spy­ing on Fer­rari. That would be im­posed in­stead of ex­clud­ing Rus­sia from Games in PyeongChang in Fe­bru­ary.

Se­nior anti- dop­ing of­fi­cials have said they be­lieve the IOC and Rus­sia have al­ready agreed the terms of the sanc­tion. This in­cludes the word­ing of an apol­ogy to be made by a se­nior Rus­sian of­fi­cial.

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