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Reports: Olympic ban on Russia lifted

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Moscow (dpa) - The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has reinstated the membership of the Russian Olympic Committee, the head of the Russian committee, Alexander Zhukov, said Wednesday.

"Today we received a letter from the IOC about the restoration [of membership]," Zhukov said in comments carried by state news agency TASS.

"The restoration of the Russian Olympic Committee was connected with the completion of checks of doping tests from the Olympics in Pyeongchang," Zhukov said.

"The IOC can confirm that all remaining results are negative," he continued. "This means that the Russian Olympic Committee has been completely restored within its rights."

Other Russian media had earlier reported the lifting of the suspension citing undisclosed sources. The IOC has not confirmed the reports.

Russia was suspended in December over doping practices in the country and at the 2014 home Winter Games in Sochi.

The IOC permitted 168 Russian athletes to compete at the Pyeongchang Winter Games, which closed Sunday, under a neutral flag and without Russian symbols.

After two Russian athletes tested positive for doping at the Games in South Korea, the IOC declined to reinstate the country in time for the closing ceremony but said the ban would be lifted assuming no further Russians returned positive samples.


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