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

Another Olympics expert from the University of France-Comte, Eric Monnin, said the International Olympic Committee was "playing for its life and legitimacy" during the sordid state-sponsored doping affair, in which the global body also banned Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko from the Olympics for life.

Answering a question about uncertainty surrounding the participation of US athletes in the global sports event held on the Korean Peninsula, she said Washington would continue monitoring the situation in the region in order to ensure protection of its athletes. That said, the IOC intends to observe the rights of clean athletes: athletes who match the proposed criteria will take part in the Games in the status of Olympic athletes from Russian Federation. We have zero tolerance to doping, therefore the road to the Olympics is open for the "clean" sports people. "We will not prevent our Olympic athletes from taking part if anyone wants to take part in a personal capacity".

Vladimir Putin, fresh on the heels of the widely anticipated announcement that he'll seek a fourth term as president, said that Russian Federation won't stop its athletes from competing under a neutral flag at the 2018 Winter Olympics after the national team was banned from the Games. The country's government officials are forbidden to attend, its flag will not be displayed at the opening ceremony. Russia's "partly to blame" for the situation it's in, though the Olympic ruling was still "politically motivated", he said, according to the Interfax news service.

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Bobsleigh federation president Alexander Zubkov, who was stripped of his two gold medals from the 2014 Sochi Games and banned for life from the Olympics last month, said he was shocked by the International Olympic Committee decision. "Some athletes work out for maybe three years to get ready for the Olympics".

"The IOC decision is offensive and insulting". "But here, their country kind of went beyond what they needed to do to help their athletes improve their game".

Yuri Nagornykh, who at the time of the offences being committed operated as Mutko's deputy, has also received a lifetime ban, while no Russian official will be accredited for next year's Games in South Korea.

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