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Russia Banned From 2018 Olympics

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The Russian Olympic Committee has been suspended from the 2018 Games in South Korea, but Russian athletes who can prove they're clean will be allowed to compete.

After an investigation that revealed a state sponsored doping program was in place at the previous Winter Olympics, it was decided that clean athletes can compete under a neutral flag and be known as Olympic Athletes for Russia.

International Olympic Committee President, Thomas Bach, said he hopes that the decision made by the I.O.C. draws a clear line in the sand that cheating in any form won't be tolerated.

"This decision should draw a line under this damaging episode," Bach said Tuesday. "It should serve as a catalyst for a more effective and a more robust anti-doping system led by W.A.D.A. [World Anti-Doping Agency.]"

Russia said the I.O.C.'s decision is a direct insult to the country, but many say the decision isn't harsh enough.