Nikki Haley thinks U.S. athletes could skip the Olympics

Nikki Haley thinks U.S. athletes could skip the Olympics

Russia Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev says the state will never acknowledge the accusation of state-sponsored doping that prevents the Russia team from competing at the Pyeongchang Olympics because it considers it false. Those athletes, who would compete in neutral uniforms, would not see their country's flag or hear it's national anthem at the Games.

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

"Without any doubt we will not declare any kind of blockade", Putin said in televised remarks after launching his re-election campaign at an automobile factory.

A set of joint military exercises between the US and South Korea are scheduled to take part during March next year, despite it coming within the "Olympic Truce" window which is supposed to exist for the entire period of the Olympics and Paralympics. Abroad, they understand very well the importance attached in our country to high achievement sports. That itself was in response to the USA -led boycott of the Moscow Olympics four years earlier.

Emergency crews battling major industrial building fire in Burlington
Police have closed a portion of Appleby Line beside the scene of the fire, as well as the Toronto-bound access to the QEW. The Office of the Fire Marshal has been notified and is expected to attend the scene at some point on Thursday.

Early this week it was announced Russian Federation would be banned from taking part in the Olympics after "systemic manipulation" of anti-doping rules. He called the International Olympic Committee ruling "politically motivated" and unfair "collective punishment".

Tensions have been heating up on the Korean Peninsula after a two-month lull, with North Korea launching a missile last week that experts said showed the capability of hitting much of the continental United States. However, it said of Yuri Nagornykh, the deputy sports minister at the time of the Sochi Games, "it is impossible to conclude that he was not aware" of doping cover-ups. The IOC will only allow them to participate under the Olympic flag with the title "Olympic Athlete from Russian Federation".

Given that the allegations about Russia's plan to sabotage the anti-doping system at Sochi 2014 have now been corroborated by two International Olympic Committee commissions and a World Anti-Doping Agency-funded investigation, the Russian athletes' chances of overturning their disqualifications look slim, as do their hopes of competing in Pyeongchang.

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