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International Olympic Committee Bans Russia From The 2018 Winter Games Over The Country's Doping Scandal!

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Andddd no medals for Vladimir Putin.

Russia has been barred from the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea in response to the widespread doping among the country's athletes.

The International Olympic Committee made the ruling on Tuesday, announcing Russian government officials are forbidden to attend next year's global sporting event.

Not only that, its flag will not be displayed during the opening ceremony and its anthem will not be played. Ouch!

Related: Olympic Drug Tests Show U.S. Athletes Used Banned Substances

White some athletes from Russia can petition for eligibility to compete, they will only be able to do so as individuals. Yes, even if these athletes take home the gold, official record books will show that Russia won ZERO medals.

The IOC issued the punishment a year after completing an investigation that exposed a state-sponsored doping program operated by the country. To match the unprecedented use of banned substances, the committee hit Russia with penalties

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