Russia has been banned from sending a team to the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. Only invited Russian athletes will be allowed to compete and they will be considered neutral competitors.
All the hubbub about the Russian Olympic Team's doping in 2016, was raised by Yuliya Stepanova.
This 30-year-old runner specialized in 800 meters track event, accompanied with her husband, accused Russia's sports system of widespread doping fraud in 2016.
Her husband is Vitaliy Stepanov, a former employee of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency. They wrote letters to the World Anti-Doping Agency, describing doping in Russia but they have received almost no response. Stepanova, then, secretly recorded conversations with coaches, athletes and doctors. That was enough evidence for everyone.
Only some of the Russian athletes were allowed to compete at the 2016 Rio Summer Olympic Games. The majority of sportsmen and sportswomen were banned from the Olympic Games.
It seems that Russian athletes are still under a close eye of the Olympic committee, as some of the athletes are now banned from competing at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
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