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Source:  IndieWire

In an unprecedented move, the International Olympic Committee has banned Russia from the 2018 Winter Olympic Games.

In December 2016, the I.O.C. began disciplinary proceedings against 28 athletes who represented Russia at the previous Winter Games. Thus far, they have been ordered to return 11 medals, but in August six of the disqualified athletes told Reuters that they failed to do so.

The decision was at least partially aided by information provided by Dr. Grigory Rodchenko, a chemist who said he helped the Russian government execute a widespread doping scheme at the 2014 Winter Olympics before becoming a whistleblower.

Filmmaker Bryan Fogel documented Rodchenko’s journey from state doctor to whistleblower in his recent Netflix documentary “Icarus.

As IndieWire reported last week, Rodchenko supplied diaries to the International Olympic Committee to help determine whether Russia may compete at the 2018 Games.

Read the story at IndieWire. 

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