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IOC returns Russia's Olympic membership

Staff Writer |
The International Olympic Committee reinstated Russia's membership after the conclusion of the Winter Games in Pyeongchang.

"Today, we received a letter from the IOC on the reinstatement," Alexander Zhukov, Russian Olympic Committee president, said. "The ROC's reinstatement comes as the examination of doping tests from the Pyeongchang Olympics has ended.

"The IOC may confirm that the other results [of examination of Russian athletes' doping samples] are negative," he added. "This means that the ROC's rights have been fully reinstated."

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

"Therefore... the suspension of the Russian Olympic Committee is automatically lifted with immediate effect," the Olympic body said.

The IOC in December banned the Russian Olympic team from the South Korea Olympics over the doping scandal.

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