The International Olympic Committee has blocked Russia from participating in the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang after a multi-year investigation released information that exposed a state-sponsored doping program for the Russian Olympic Team leading up to the 2014 games in Sochi.
Russia’s flag will not fly in 2018, but the IOC has allowed the nation’s clean athletes to compete under a neutral Olympic flag.
As a continent, Russia is no stranger to controversy at the Olympic Games. Since the early days of the Cold War, some Russian Athletes’ drug use and gender of origin have consistently been a topic in international pop-culture.
This is Russia’s biggest headline regarding the Olympics since their decision to sit out the 1984 summer games in Los Angeles; a revenge move following former US President Jimmy Carter’s decision to boycott 1980 summer games in Moscow to protest the USSR’s invasion of Afghanistan.