The IOC announced today that they've suspended the Russian Olympic Committee from any influence on the games, and instead will allow any clean Russian athletes to compete under the Olympic flag. 

They will compete under the name "Olympic Athlete from Russia (OAR)" and their uniform will have the OAR name and the Olympic Anthem will be played when winning any medals. 

Vancouver Canucks forward Alex Burmistrov wasn't impressed at all with the decision and did not hold back and called the decision "bullshit" according to Patrick Johnston of the Province. Since he's playing in the NHL, he wouldn't have been able to participate in the Olympics anyways. 

The IOC's decision could have a trickle down effect as many have said that in retaliation of the decision the KHL could ban it's players from participating in the Olympics. A decision like that would not only affect Russia, but KHL players from Canada, U.S.A., and various European countries. 

NHL Insider Bob McKenzie says that the IIHF will wait to see the KHL's decision before they make a ruling on how the ban will affect the Olympic Hockey Tournament. In 1992 the men's hockey gold medal was won by a "Unified Team" of the countries which made up the former Soviet Union and played under the Olympic flag. 


Source: olympic.org / patrick johnston
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