Putin will allow Russians to compete at Pyeongchang Olympics

Putin will allow Russians to compete at Pyeongchang Olympics

The Russian Olympic Committee will hold a meeting next Tuesday to make a final decision on the matter.

Also Wednesday, the Court of Arbitration for Sport said it has registered appeals by 22 Russian athletes against their disqualifications from the 2014 Sochi Olympics for doping. The IOC, however, plans to invite individual Russians to compete under the Olympic flag.

The Russian president also denied accusations that his government ran a state-backed doping system. He also suggested the move was political, and that Moscow was partly to blame for providing the IOC with a convenient pretext to ban its Olympic team.

Despite this, Russians who can prove they are clean and that have not been previously sanctioned, will still be allowed to compete as neutral athletes.

Ahn, along with other Russian athletes have many suspicions to overcome, with the World Anti-Doping Agency ruling last month, that Russia had failed to meet global drug-testing standard for the third year in a row. "It's less interesting", she said. No other country in the world - save, perhaps, Norway - puts as much stake in the Winter Olympics as the Russians do.

Russian athletes will be allowed to stand on the medal podium at the Winter Olympics - just not with their anthem playing or their nation's flag rising above them.

The Kremlin has vehemently denied running a state-sponsored doping program, and state media on Wednesday dismissed the ban as part of a plot to hurt Russian Federation.

"Can't get by without Russia", the pro-Kremlin Izvestia daily headlined its front page, stressing that "Russian Olympic athletes will defend the honour of the Motherland under any banner". The IOC has stripped 11 medals from Russia's tally in Sochi so far over the doping.

"Throughout history, there were so many things we had to endure from our 'partners, ' " Zakharova said.

Putin will allow Russians to compete at Pyeongchang Olympics
Putin will allow Russians to compete at Pyeongchang Olympics

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

Peskov said that while the situation is serious, "emotions should be kept down and the decisions taken by the International Olympic Committee on our country should be thoroughly analyzed before making any accusations on this account".

It's still unclear when will ITA issue decisions on who is eligible to participate in the Olympic Games.

A separate panel will determine the eligibility of Russian athletes at Pyeongchang 2018. He also noted that it was "very important" that the neutral uniforms that Russian athletes would wear would still have the word "Russia" on them. The IOC decision contained a clause that should Russian Federation comply with all of its requirements the suspension could be lifted for the ceremony.

But IOC President Thomas Bach said, "An Olympic boycott has never achieved anything".

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

Speaking robots will provide information on event scheduling, places to go sightseeing and transportation in four languages - Korean, English, Chinese and Japanese - and paint robots will draw murals on the walls of stadiums during the games, it said.

"I hope that this Russian case remains a unique case", he said.

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