Russian Federation banned from Olympics

Russian Federation banned from Olympics

Although the International Olympic Committee has barred the Russian team from competing in Pyeongchang because of widespread doping at the 2014 Sochi Games, the country will be represented by "Olympic Athletes from Russia" and competing under the Olympic flag. 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.

"Only a small number of athletes will accept competing under a neutral flag", said Nikolai.

"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".

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that Russia would not prevent its athletes from competing at the Games if they wanted to, damping down calls from some Russians for a boycott of the Games.

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

"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.

"I feel for those guys - I consider many of them friends rather than just acquaintances". "Most of the accusations are based on claims which have not been proven and are largely unfounded", he added. He repeated denials that any state sponsored doping programme had existed in Russian Federation.

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 venues during the Games, South Korean officials reveadled.

Russian Federation banned from Olympics

Speaking to reporters after a speech to automobile plant workers in Nizhny Novgorod where he announced he would run for a fourth presidential term next year, Putin said the International Olympic Committee decision was politically motivated.

Rodchenkov has been living in hiding in the United States since lifting the lid on the intricate workings of a state-supported doping scheme at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

At the State Kremlin Palace on December 1, FIFA President Gianni Infantino said at a joint news conference with Mutko that the IOC's decision would not affect the World Cup.

Because of doping, Russian Federation has lost first place in the medal standings of the Sochi Olympics.

But 22 Russian athletes this week appealed at the Court of Arbitration for Sport against their disqualifications from Sochi over their alleged role in the cover-up.

"I can not accept the option that I would compete in the Olympic Games without the Russian flag as a neutral athlete", Medvedeva said in a statement issued by Russia's Olympic Committee (and translated into English by Google Translate).

Former Canadian cross-country skier Beckie Scott has been an anti-doping advocate since her bronze medal in 2002 was upgraded to silver and then gold because athletes were disqualified for doping.

The games will not be broadcast in the country because of the absence of a Russian national team.

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