IOC returns Russia's Olympic membership after negative doping tests

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After the massive doping scandal in 2014's Sochi Games got Russian Federation banned from the 2016 Paralympics, it was given a set of probationary measures.

Meanwhile, the Russian Olympic Committee announced on Wednesday that its suspension from the International Olympic Committee had been lifted.

Two Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation have already accepted disqualification for doping offenses - curler Alexander Krushelnitsky and bobsled pilot Nadezhda Sergeeva.

The IOC released a statement notifying that all remaining test results from the Olympic Athlete from Russian Federation delegation were negative.

"The IOC can confirm that all the remaining results are negative".

The IOC decided in a meeting on Sunday that in such an event - alongside its other demands, including the payment of US$15 million (S$19.8 million) to reimburse the costs incurred by the IOC in the course of the doping scandal probe - the suspension of the ROC would be lifted.

Russian Federation also complied with financial sanctions by paying $15 million for the IOC's two investigations into the scheme and toward future anti-doping work.

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The worldwide organization made this known in a statement released this afternoon on its website after its anti-doping arm which tests athletes for drug cheats cleared Russian athletes of further doping offence. Today's IOC's decision is very important for us.

Russia was banned in December from taking part in the 2018 Olympics following revelations of widespread doping, though 168 athletes were deemed "clean" and were cleared to go to Pyeongchang to compete under the Olympic flag instead of the Russian one.

When they marched under a neutral flag during the Pyeongchang Olympics closing ceremony, the critics weren't fooled.

"Unfortunately so far our relationship with WADA, the reinstatement of status of RUSADA, is not complete", Zhukov said.

As well as the Olympic ban, Russian Federation was forced to pay a $15 million fine.

'The Russian Olympic Committee has had its rights fully restored, ' he said.

"Released in two phases, the McLaren report concluded that Russia's scheme involved more than 1,000 Russian athletes and that it also included plans both for manipulating doping controls and for covering up the system", Bill reported.

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