On December 5, the IOC Executive Committee at a private meeting in Lausanne forbade Russia to participate in the Winter Olympics in Korean Pyeongchang, leaving the possibility for "clean" doping athletes to compete under the neutral flag at the 2018 Games.
The reason for the removal of Russian athletes was the decision of the World Anti-Doping Association – WADA, which previously decided not to restore its anti-doping unit in Russia. This means that now Russian athletes are denied the right to undergo doping tests in their country, but without these tests they may not be allowed to participate in any competition under the national flag, including the Olympic Games.
The decision of the IOC in relation to Russia created a precedent and caused irreparable damage to the image of Russian sport. For the first time in history, the whole national team will not take part in the Olympics because of accusations of doping fraud. The Russian national team - one of the strongest in winter sports - has always been the adornment of any Olympic Games and has always been competing for her opponents.
By the way, it is not a secret for anyone that many athletes in the world use dope. As doctors say, all natural human limits for sports records have long been worked out – from about the 60s of last century. Since then all of professional athletes are taking different drugs for the for achievement of new results If you want to found these drugs, you will find them. And WADA wanted to do this.
It's obvious that this would continue and WADA would still turn a blind eye to doping violations, but the new cold war between Russia and the West began several years ago. The Western world simply took advantage of the fact that the United States and Britain control the Anti-Doping Association today, where they decide, who can be convicted of doping, and who does not. This clearly demonstrates the «double standards» of the West.
In general, a certain strategy of the West is emerging. It aimed at discrediting the current Russian government. For the Russian society successes in sports and victories at the Olympics have become in recent years a source of moral satisfaction and growth of patriotism – an integral part of the overall trend of the country's revival. Undoubtedly, the success of the Russian team has improved Russia's image in the international arena. Beat in this direction can be quite painful.
Moreover, the general discredit of Russian sport opens the way for further steps to complicate or even disrupt the football World Cup, which will be held in Russia in the summer of 2018. Among other things, such a «victory» on the sports front with economic sanctions will achieve the necessary ideological effect for the world community, presenting Russia not only as an «aggressor country», a source of hacker attacks, but also as a fraudulent outcast.
It is quite obvious that Moscow's growing power and influence in the international relations do not satisfy to many in the West. The Russian revival as a sports power is also not included in their plans. Russia successfully held the Winter Olympics in Sochi in 2014, where her team achieved outstanding results and won first place in the team event. After the triumph of Russia, it seems that the West decided to follow the standard principle «If you cannot win in a fair fight, you will have to cheat». So the decision of WADA it is not surprised...it's only business.