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Russians can compete at Olympics, but without flag — IOC

08 December, 2017, 02:01 | Author: Kristen Ingram
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Russian President Vladimir Putin has previously said that it would be humiliating for his country to compete without national symbols.

Russia's Tass news agency said that Putin made the remarks on Wednesday during his visit to an automobile factory in the city of Nizhny Novgorod, some 400 kilometers east from Moscow.

Mutko is head of the Russian Federation 2018 organising committee but his involvement in the World Cup was thrown into doubt on Tuesday when he was banned from the Olympic Games for life by the IOC due to his implication in a state-sponsored doping scandal.

The IOC on Tuesday banned Russian Federation from the Olympics after evidence emerged of an "unprecedented systematic manipulation" of the anti-doping system. In one case, the World Anti-Doping Authority (WADA) sent the allegations to its Russian counterpart, which promptly banned the athlete who made the charges.

"The Russian Olympic Committee is suspended with immediate effect", said IOC President Thomas Bach. The IOC report, chaired by Samuel Schmid, the former president of Switzerland, concluded that there was systematic, state-supported cheating in Russian Federation.

Deputy Prime Minister added that the priority now is to support Russian athletes as to protect the "good name" and to participate in the Olympics. "Secondly, I don't see any reason for a boycott by the Russian athletes because we allow the clean athletes there to participate".

That itself was in response to the US -led boycott of the Moscow Olympics four years earlier.

"Every time they were tested there has not been a single positive result, so we are clean".

Dvorkovich did hit out at the IOC, saying its actions "actions pose a manifestation of disrespect to the Olympic Games", he said.

Though Russian Olympians will not be allowed to compete under their flag, Putin said that he will not prevent athletes from competing in a "personal capacity" in the upcoming Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

But Sorokin insisted that decision had no impact on the World Cup. As sports minister in 2014, he was deeply implicated in the Sochi doping plot by two International Olympic Committee commissions and a World Anti-Doping Agency investigation.

The IOC also will bar Russian officials who were team leaders at Sochi, and coaches or medial staff who have been linked to doping athletes. It blames Grigory Rodchenkov, the former director of Moscow and Sochi testing laboratories, as a rogue employee.

Russia could refuse the offer to let its athletes compete without national identity or the playing of the Russian national anthem. It wants the scientist extradited from the United States, where he is a protected witness. This is the most important challenge for the International Olympic Committee and its partner organizations.

The IOC has already stripped Russia of 11 medals from the Sochi Olympics and banned more than 20 Russian athletes for life.

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