Russia has put its forces on combat alert to ensure security for the Winter Olympics in Sochi.
The International Olympic Committee is set to meet to vote on how to respond to allegations of state-sponsored doping in Russia. Here's a primer on the allegations, what we know so far, and possible outcomes.
Some Russian athletes will be allowed to compete as neutrals at the Pyeongchang Winter Games in 2018, the International Olympic Committee announced on Tuesday. But the IOC has suspended the Russian Olympic Committee.
The Winter Olympic Games have been dogged by avian influenza, as well as the concern over the unpredictable regime in North Korea, poor ticket sales, a shortage of accommodation and rising prices. Julian Ryall reports.
Russia is to analyze the decision to ban the country from the Olympics before reponding, according a Kremlin spokesman. Russia says its priority is now with its athletes, some of whom have already asked for leniency.
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