Associate Dean Dionne Koller contributed an op-ed to U.S. News & World Report about the International Olympic Committee’s announcement Tuesday that, among other moves, it would suspend Russia’s Olympic Committee and ban Russian officials from the upcoming Winter Games.
The IOC’s actions come after years of reports of state-sponsored doping of Russia’s athletes.
The committee also levied a $15 million fine on Russia to cover the cost of the investigation into the country’s doping scheme.
Koller, the law school’s associate dean for academic affairs, is the director of UB’s Center for Sport and the Law.
The IOC established guidelines for including individual Russian athletes in the Winter Games, to be held in PyeongChang, South Korea, in February.
Russian athletes who prove “clean” will be able to compete as neutrals under the Olympic flag.