Russia hacked Olympics computers, turned blame on N Korea

PyeongChang Games end with closing ceremony

"In light of the situation, we consider that the restoration of the rights of the ROC and all Russian athletes will be the main result of the Olympic Games that are ending today".

Going into the Winter Games, the International Olympic Committee had said there was a chance Russia's athletes could march under their country's flag at the closing ceremony - depending on how the athletes behaved.

A team of 168 competed in South Korea as neutral Olympic athletes from Russia (OAR) but two failed drugs tests.

Canadian Olympic Committee president Tricia Smith doesn't want the Russian team to have their national flag restored for Sunday's closing ceremonies of the Winter Olympics.

The Russian situation, stemming from systemic doping culminating at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, overshadowed the build-up to Pyeongchang with dozens of Russian athletes filing last-gasp legal challenges in a bid to take part. The IOC left open the possibility of reinstatement ahead of the closing ceremony if the Russians met a series of criteria, and Russian athletes were allowed to participate under the Olympic flag.

IOC President Thomas Bach said Russia's Olympic status would be restored automatically if it stuck by the rules. I think they have two more positive doping tests.

The IOC's full membership unanimously approved the recommendation of the executive board just hours before the final competition and the closing ceremony.

That led to 168 competing under the banner of Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation, only for two of their number to make up half of the total number of doping violations so far.

"We have to draw a line and look toward the future", Hoevertsz said.

"We believe this should be the end of this big problem", Tarpischev added. "It is never going to be business as usual in sport again or in Russian Federation".

"After the match, Vladimir Vladimirovich [Putin], [Prime Minister Dmitry] Medvedev and [Chief of the Russian Olympic Committee Alexander] Zhukov called me up".

Repeatedly tested negative for any forbidden WADA substances, with the latest check passed January 22, the 25-year-old continues to maintain his innocence, stating that only a "complete absence of common sense" would prompt an athlete to start doping in the lead-up to the Olympic Games. They could readmit them, continue the ban or hedge with what the International Olympic Committee says might be a "partial solution".

Walden railed against "Russia's continued retaliation" against Rodchenkov, the former head of Moscow's anti-doping laboratory who is in hiding in fear for his life.

Nearly three months ago, IOC President Thomas Bach and the dozen members of the executive board acted alone on December 5 to ban Russian Federation.

"They should walk out of here the same way they walked in, and have the whole Olympics as the punishment", American bobsledder Nick Cunningham said.

The Russians used a North Korean internet provider to make it appear the attack originated in North Korea, in what is known as a "false flag" operation, the Post said.

However, some athletes were said to be disappointed that they would not be able to march under their national flag at the closing ceremony.

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