After Russia ban, more chaos for 2018 Olympic hockey


The International Olympic Committee’s decision to ban Russia from the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, promises to further dilute a men’s ice hockey tournament that is already missing NHL talent.

The IOC ban, announced on Tuesday, followed the completion of its investigation into a state-sponsored athlete doping program by Russia, specifically during the 2014 Sochi Games. Russian athletes who receive a dispensation to compete in South Korea will do so under a “neutral flag”; any medals they win or records they set will not be credited to Russia.

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