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The U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) is still awaiting the results of the Russian doping investigation, which began last week, and has yet to make a determination on whether or not athletes will be allowed to compete in the men’s and women’s Winter Games.
There are also several key questions still to be answered, including how much the Russian government will be penalized for any potential breaches of anti-doping rules.
The IOC has said that Russia will face a fine of $20 million (£12.5m), and that the IOC will not impose any sanctions on athletes who test positive.
The USOC has said it is in contact with the Russian authorities to find out if the IOC’s investigation is still ongoing.
Should the USOC have a case?
What is the IOC investigation into Russian doping?
Russian officials say the investigation was initiated in late 2016 after an initial review by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), which was set up to protect athletes from cheating by international federations.
The investigation began in April 2016 after former Russian judo and boxing star Alexander Shlemenko was indicted for using a prohibited substance in a competition with American Judo Federation (AJF) athletes.
He was charged with using a banned substance in 2017 and 2018, but was acquitted by a Russian court in February.
The trial was expected to last for six months, but it could be extended if the court decides to hear more evidence.
The Russian government is appealing the ruling, and it has accused the United States of using its influence over the US justice system to try to discredit the Russian investigation.
The case has drawn widespread criticism from athletes and the media, with US President Donald Trump even calling the case a “witch hunt” in an interview with the BBC.US sports federations are expected to be the first to file formal complaints with WADA after the hearing, with the IOC calling for the athletes to file their grievances to the organization.
In March, USADA said that the Russian federation had used an “extraordinary degree of leverage” to delay the investigation.
Russia’s anti-Dancing Revolution and Olympic Committee have denied any wrongdoing, and the Olympic Committee says it will make a public statement on the matter.
Who are the athletes being investigated?
Alexei Chmielarovski, a judo star and world champion, is accused of using a drug that has a banned use in judo.
Chmielovsky was also a member of the Olympic team that won gold in the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro, but the case was dropped due to lack of evidence.
Alexander Kostenko, a former judo champion, was arrested and faces a doping test for using the banned substance at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.
The former judoka has said he was tested as part of a drug testing programme by the Russian state.
Nadia Shcherbina, a boxer, was also accused of doping at the 2018 Games in Kazan, but she was cleared of any wrongdoing.
Russia has denied all allegations.
The Sochi Olympics will be the fourth Winter Olympics to be held in Russia.
They are scheduled to take place from March 1-6.