Press Releases

Washington, D.C. ­– U.S. Senator John McCain, Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement today on the International Olympic Committee’s decision to ban Russia from the 2018 Winter Olympics:

“The International Olympic Committee’s decision to ban Russia from the 2018 Winter Olympics is a welcome step in serving justice to Vladimir Putin’s government for its elaborate doping scheme in 2014. The IOC’s investigation and subsequent ruling reinforces years of reporting about Russia’s state-sponsored doping program, which cheated countless Olympic athletes out of the medals they deserved. Today’s announcement sends an important message to Putin’s Russia that being a member of the international community means abiding by rules, norms, and standards—and that anything less will not be tolerated. FIFA should add the IOC’s decision to the list of reasons why the 2018 World Cup should not be held in Russia.”

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