In op-ed, Koller lauds Olympic committee’s actions on Russia

Professor Dionne Koller

Associate Dean Dionne Koller

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.

Read “A Gold Medal Moment for Drug-Free Sports” (U.S. News & World Report, Dec. 6, 2017).

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.

Learn more about Associate Dean Koller.

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