FIFA says Russia’s Olympic ban will not have impact on 2018 FIFA World Cup in the country
 Source : NewsBharati  Date : 06-Dec-2017

Moscow, December 6: While Russia is going through major sports crisis after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) banned them from the 2018 Winter Games, FIFA assured it would have no impact on preparations for the 2018 World Cup. Russia is the host country of 2018 World Cup. In addition to that, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko, in charge of organizing 2018 FIFA World Cup has been banned for life from attending as officials all Olympic Games.

"FIFA has taken note of the decision made by the IOC regarding the participation of Russian athletes at the upcoming Winter Olympics," the FIFA said "This decision has no impact on the preparations for the 2018 FIFA World Cup as we continue to work to deliver the best possible event," it reaffirmed.

“As has already been communicated, when it comes to anti-doping measures, FIFA takes its responsibility very seriously and is investigating the allegations made in the ‘McLaren report,” FIFA said on doping issues.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has banned Russia from the 2018 Olympics today over state-sponsored doping row. Now, the country’s government officials are forbidden to attend, its flag will not be displayed at the opening ceremony and its anthem will not sound.

The IOC announced the decision after examining evidence of state-sponsored doping over several years that reached a high-point at the Winter Olympics hosted in Sochi, Russia, in 2014. The decision was taken at the IOC's executive board meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland.