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    Russia Deprived of First Place in 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics

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    The first place in the Sochi Olympics has been granted to Norway which earned 11 gold, 5 silver and 10 bronze medals.

    The Russian national team has been deprived of first place in the medal count at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games following the IOC’s decision to strip Russia of another two gold medals.

    Most recently, Russian bobsledders Alexander Zubkov and Olga Stulvena were deprived of two golds medals, which followed the IOC decision to strip two other national athletes, speed skaters Olga Fatkukina and Alexander Rumyantsev, who were also disqualified for life.

    Following the IOC decision, the Russian team has 10 gold medals, one less than Norway which has been granted first place in the Sochi Olympics.

    In 2016, after an investigation of the independent commission of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) under the leadership of Richard McLaren on the alleged use of doping by Russian athletes, the International Olympic Committee created two commissions to re-check the samples of athletes who had participated in the Sochi Olympics. 

    READ MORE: EXCLUSIVE: 'I Am Not Trying to Prove Russia Wrong' — Richard McLaren

    As a result of a probe led by Denis Oswald, Russia has been deprived of a total of 6 medals, with four of them in skiing.

    The second commission headed by Samuel Schmid examined information about alleged state interference in the Russian anti-doping system, claim repeatedly denied by Moscow.

    The Olympic Games in Sochi were held in the Russian resort city of Sochi from February 7 until February 23, 2014, with the Russian team earning 13 gold, 11 silver and 9 bronze medals.

    Doping Scandal

    Following the two-part report by the WADA commission headed by McLaren, the International Olympic Committee opened disciplinary proceedings against 28 Russian athletes who took part in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

    While the IOC is expected to decide on whether Russian athletes will be allowed to compete in the 2018 Olympics in December, Russian investigators have concluded that McLaren report's arguments of an alleged doping tests swap were baseless.

    READ MORE: No Proof Found of McLaren's Claims of Russian Athletes Doping Tests' Swap

    Most recently, Putin has yet again stated that there are cases of doping use in national sports, as well as in many other countries, adding that Russia is addressing them.

    At the same time, WADA’s Foundation Board's has decided to approve the recommendation by the Independent Compliance Review Committee to declare the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) non-compliant with the anti-doping code, however, WADA President Craig Reedie noted that RUSADA has been "90 percent" reinstated.

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    2014 Sochi Olympic Games, International Olympic Committee (IOC), Richard McLaren, Russia
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