Russian Federation says humiliating to go to Olympics without flag: RIA

18 November, 2017, 01:48 | Author: Randy Kelley
  • Kremlin Russia continues dialogue with International Olympic Committee

Putin personally oversaw the $50 billion preparations for the Sochi Games, the most expensive in Olympic history. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)'s decision not to reinstate Russian anti-doping agency RUSADA was expected and had been nearly announced beforehand, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko told TASS.

WADA's decision, taken today in Seoul, raised the spectre of a possible ban of the Russian team from February's Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.

The International Olympic Committee's executive board will announce December 5 whether Russian athletes will be allowed to participate in the 2018 Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea, the IOC press service announced Friday. According to a senior official, the state is aware of current problems.

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Clean Russian athletes may be able to compete under a neutral flag and without the Russian national anthem, a proposition that high-level officials rejected as a non-starter.

The International Olympic Committee will decide on Russia's participation in the PyeongChang Olympics at meetings early next month, taking into account WADA's decision Thursday and Russia's continued denials that it ran a state-sponsored doping program.

WADA has told Russian Federation to "publicly accept" the report's findings and allow access to urine samples at its Moscow anti-doping laboratory. The global anti-doping body this week refused to reinstate Russia's anti-doping agency for the third year straight.

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