Speaking at a press conference after the decision was announced, Schmid said that his commission had not found any evidence that the Kremlin was aware of the doping cover-up, but the International Olympic Committee banned Russia's former sports minister and current head of Russia's national soccer association, Vitaly Mutko, for life from the Olympics, along with his former deputy, Yuri Nagornykh. "Secondly, I don't see any reason for a boycott by the Russian athletes because we allow the clean athletes there to participate".
A delegation from Russia led by Russian Olympic Committee President Alexander Zhokov was on hand at IOC headquarters to receive the first word of the IOC decision.
"They'll be called Russian athletes and not some kind of neutrals. that's very important", Zhukov said. If, for some reason, a Russian athlete is permitted to compete in the Games, they won't be doing it as a Russian athlete, but in a neutral uniform.
To suspend the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) with immediate effect. The nation's deputy prime minister, Vitaly Mutko, was Russia's top sports official during the 2014 Sochi Games and was directly implicated by Rodchenkov.
The IOC announced the decision after examining evidence of state-sponsored doping over several years that reached its zenith at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
"An Olympic boycott has never achieved anything", Bach said at a news conference Tuesday.
Tuesday's decision may have major consequences for another major sports event, next year's $11 billion soccer World Cup in Russian Federation.
"The Russian athletes have been tested more than other by a considerable margin", Budgett said.
The IOC ruled on Tuesday that the Russian Federation will be barred from the 2018 Winter Olympics in Peyoncheng. But Russia's success at those Olympics, according to former Moscow antidoping lab director Grigory Rodchenkov, came with some assistance behind the scenes. It wants the scientist extradited from the United States, where he is a protected witness.
After an investigation, the International Olympic Committee began stripping Sochi medals. A broad investigation is being led by the Inquiry Commission chaired by Samuel Schmid, a former President of Switzerland. They've taken away 11 of Russia's 33 medals. One Russian was cleared. Even before the International Olympic Committee reallocates the stripped medals, the United States has the most total medals and Norway has the most golds.
"The IOC took a strong and principled decision".