Earlier, the head of the Russian Olympic Committee Alexander Zhukov said that the Russians would not be to compete at the Olympics under its flag. Earlier, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the ban on the national team's participation in Games and / or the requirement for athletes to compete under another flag is a "humiliation for the country".

The first appeals to disqualify all Russian athletes from the Games in 2018 began to sound after the publication of the controversial report of the world anti-doping Agency (WADA) in January last year. The document was based on the testimony of the former head of the Moscow anti-doping laboratory of Gregory Rodchenkov and talked about the use of doping by athletes from Russia.

The head of the special Commission of WADA, Richard McLaren stated that the system of doping in Russia was approved at the state level. In its report said that Russian athletes used doping at several Olympics, and people from the Ministry of sports of Russia and personally President Vitaly Mutko was not just aware of what is happening, and gave orders for the substitution of doping tests and contributed to the concealment of evidence through the support of the security services. It was almost 650 athletes from 30 sports. Among them were winners and prize-winners of the Olympic games-2014 in Sochi, skiers, biathletes, bobsledders, skeleton racers.

Shortly after the publication of the report, the IOC has set up two commissions headed by Denis Oswald and Samuel Schmid and began an independent investigation. First, the Commission analyzed the doping of the sample of Russians from the Games in Sochi, and the second to check the information about the state intervention in the Russian anti-doping system. According to the results of the work done, Russia lost ten medals and victory in the team standings home Games.