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IOC issues further measures against Russia

Alexey Chervotkin, Alexander Bolshunov, Denis Spitsov and Sergey Ustiugov of Team ROC pose with their gold medals after the men's cross-country skiing 4x10km ceremony at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games (by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

The International Olympic Committee has stepped up its sanctions against Russia amid the ongoing conflict in Ukraine by moving to recommend that all international federations (IFs) and sports event organisers prevent the participation of Russian athletes and officials, while stripping President Vladimir Putin, along with two other officials, of their Olympic Orders.

The IOC’s announcement yesterday (Monday) came after it urged all IFs to relocate or cancel events planned in Russia or neighbouring Belarus on Friday. Belarus has aided Russia’s invasion of Ukraine by allowing its land to be used to station troops and launch attacks. It has also been included in the IOC’s latest measures.

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