February 28, 2018 / 3:13 PM / in a year

IOC reinstates Russian Olympic Committee

People are seen through a glass as they gather inside the headquarters of the Russian Olympic Committee in Moscow, Russia November 18, 2015. REUTERS/Maxim Zmeyev/Files

ZURICH (Reuters) - The Russian Olympic Committee’s membership in the International Olympic Committee has been reinstated after Russian athletes tested negatively for doping, the IOC said on Wednesday.

“The suspension of the Russian Olympic Committee is automatically lifted with immediate effect,” IOC said in a statement, confirming comments from the head of Russia’s Olympic Committee.

Russians competed as neutrals in the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics after the IOC suspended Russia in December, saying it had found evidence of an “unprecedented systematic manipulation” of the anti-doping system.

Reporting by Brenna Hughes Neghaiwi; Editing by Michael Shields

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