Putin says Russian Federation won't prevent athletes from competing in Pyeongchang - agencies


Putin says Russian Federation won't prevent athletes from competing in Pyeongchang - agencies

She said the IOC choice of "Olympic Athletes from Russia" as the official designation, instead of a more neutral tag, decided the issue for her.

Athletes from Russia who prove they're clean can participate as "neutrals" without the Russian flag and anthem, the International Olympic Committee said.

Russian officials have refused to acknowledge the scope and depth of the findings about the country's Olympic teams, saying that the problems were limited to individual athletes.

"Why are our Olympians being banned from competing under the Russian flag and national symbols, if there is no state support for doping?"

"Russia has been punished, including the government in the guise of Mutko, but there exists a way out for those athletes who have nothing to do with this".

"They have been preparing for these competitions for their whole careers, and for them it's very important", he said.

Russian Federation on Wednesday reacted with disappointment but no great surprise after the country was banned from the Winter Olympic Games.

"We all sign a thing that says even if we don't know, we're responsible for what we put into our bodies", Carey said during Olympic trials in Ottawa. He called the International Olympic Committee ruling "politically motivated" and unfair "collective punishment".

If Russian athletes skip Pyeongchang, it will mark the first time the Olympic superpower did not compete since 1984, when the Soviet Union rallied 14 communist countries in a boycott of the Los Angeles Olympics in response to an American-led protest of the 1980 games in Moscow.

The IOC's president, Thomas Bach on Tuesday described that scheme as an "unprecedented attack" on the Olympics.

The punishment is the culmination of a three-year investigation into state-sponsored doping leading up to and during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. Athletes already banned can still appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Only athletes with no doping record will be permitted to compete.

"It is not lost on many clean athletes that Russian athletes who were part of this system may have had no choice but to comply".

However, Pyotr Tolstoy, deputy speaker of the State Duma, the Russian parliament's lower house, has called for a boycott.

"They will compete with a uniform bearing this name and under the Olympic Flag", the IOC said. Zhukov said that it was positive that Russian athletes could still participate in Pyeongchang.

Whether US athletes will be able to attend the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea remains an "open question", US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said Wednesday night.

Still, Haley said she believes President Donald Trump's administration will work to "find out the best way" to make sure the athletes are protected.

It is now likely that a number of Russian champion athletes will compete.

In related news, South Korean-born Russian short track speed skater Victor An said Wednesday he wishes to compete as a neutral athlete. "I can't just throw it all away", he said, the Russian-language news site Meduza reported.

"I have prepared for this for 4 years".