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Russian doping saga clouds start of Winter Olympics

Tomorrow marks the start of the Winter Olympics but a doping saga is still clouding celebrations.

A decision is being made as to whether 47 Russian athletes will be able to compete at the Games in South Korea.

Russia was busted using performance-enhancing drugs in a program that’s been described as “monumental, state-sponsored cheating”.

In December, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) banned the entire Russian team from the 2018 Winter Olympics but have since allowed 168 athletes to compete as neutrals.

Richard Ings, former chief of the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority, says much more needs to be done to keep doping out of sport.

“This is doping at the highest level. It’s a huge, huge mess the IOC has on its hands.

“There’s a lot of individual countries [and] athlete groups that are really up in arms about this.

“Much more can be done by the IOC and others to keep those who break anti-doping rules out of these prestigious competitions.”

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