More and more cities have been frightened off from bidding for the Olympic Games in recent years. Only two applicants remain for both the 2024 and 2028 Games. DW's Herbert Schalling explains why the lure of hosting the Olympics has been declining.
President Vladimir Putin has said that Russia will not prevent athletes from competing at the 2018 Winter Games under the Olympic flag. The statement came a day after the IOC banned the country over a doping scandal.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has finally flexed its muscles by banning Russia from the Winter Olympics. It's a victory for its president but work remains to rid sport of drugs, writes DW's Michael Da Silva.
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.
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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