Russia’s president Vladimir Putin held a triumphant homecoming party in the Kremlin for Russian Winter Olympics medal-winners today, as the doping ban on the country competing in the Olympics was lifted.
An International Olympic Committee statement said the body was lifting the suspension of Russia’s national Olympic committee with immediate effect, after the final anti-doping samples from Russian athletes at Pyeongchang Olympics came back negative.
News of the decision to reinstate Russia came just as athletes were gathering for the award ceremony at the Kremlin, where it was met with evident satisfaction. Putin feted the athletes, toasting champagne with them after pinning Russian state honors on the medal-winners.
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