Vitaly Mutko in spotlight but IOC and Fifa want to escape to shadows

The decision to ban Russia from the Winter Olympics has been welcomed but with Vitaly Mutko still in charge of the World Cup and the IOC’s president talking of ‘moving on’ there is a sense the country has got off lightly

The verdict of the International Olympic Committee could hardly have been more damning. Russia, the IOC president, Thomas Bach, confirmed, had been involved in a “unprecedented attack on the integrity of the Olympic Games and sport”. Yet the punishment meted out in Lausanne was not as severe as it might have been given the breathtaking extent of the crimes.

Despite its protestations, Russia was in effect convicted of state-sponsored doping over a thousand athletes in 30 sports. Its Olympic Committee was suspended from the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang in February, and its deputy prime minister for sport, Vitaly Mutko, was banned from the Olympics for life for his part in the deception.

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