Day 731 of the invasion of Ukraine. Summary of key events in the last 24 hours
Russia will Appeal the IOC's Decision
The president of the Russian Olympic Committee, Alexander Zhukov, said local athletes are planning to appeal to the Sports Court of Arbitration (CAC) for the punishment imposed by the International Olympic Committee, bTV said.
The IOC has banned the participation of Russian flag at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang for systematic violation of anti-doping rules.
The Forum will only be allowed to Russian competitors who are not accused of using banned stimulants. They will participate under neutral flag, and champions will not hear the anthem of their homeland.
Moreover, Deputy Prime Minister Vitali Mutko will not be accredited for future Olympic Games. The president of the local Olympic Committee, Alexander Zhukov, has temporarily withdrawn membership of the IOC.
Russia will also have to pay a fine of USD 15 million. The amount will cover the cost of the investigation, which established a large-scale doping program backed by the authorities in the 2014 Sochi Winter Games.
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Grigor Dimitrov managed to secure a spot in the semifinals of the ATP 500 tournament in Rotterdam
Bulgarian weightlifter Angel Rusev claimed his fourth title in the European competition, despite experiencing shoulder pain.
Boryana Kaleyn, the European champion from Baku in 2023, is the Female Gymnast of the Year in the European Gymnastics ranking.
Mirela Demireva won first place in the women's high jump at the Balkan Indoor Athletics Championships in Istanbul.
Kansas City Chiefs won Super Bowl LVIII in Las Vegas after a very tense game against the San Francisco 49ers with a score of 25:22.