The IOC flag waves during the Closing Ceremony of the Olympic Games Rio 2016 on Aug. 21, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro.
The following statement regarding the IOC decision on Russia participation in the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 is attributable to Scott Blackmun, CEO of the United States Olympic Committee:
"The IOC took a strong and principled decision. There were no perfect options, but this decision will clearly make it less likely that this ever happens again. Now it is time to look ahead to PyeongChang."