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Putin says Russian Federation won't prevent athletes from competing in Pyeongchang - agencies

Putin says Russian Federation won't prevent athletes from competing in Pyeongchang - agencies

Bobsleigh federation president Alexander Zubkov, who was stripped of his two gold medals from the 2014 Sochi Games and banned for life from the Olympics last month, said he was shocked by the International Olympic Committee decision.

The IOC and United States Olympic Committee (USOC), however, claim to be "closely monitoring" the situation but that it is now safe for competition.

"We will definitely not be announcing any sort of blockades and will not be impeding the participation of our athletes [in the Games] if they decide to take part in the Olympics under the neutral status", Putin said.

On December 5, the IOC Executive Board suspended the national team of Russian Federation from participation in the Olympic games to be held in South Korea's Pyeongchang.

In recent weeks more than two dozen Russian athletes have been banned for life from the Olympics on allegations that they used performance-enhancing drugs in the 2014 schemes which also included sample-swapping.

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"I think it depends on what's going on at the time in the country", Haley responded when asked by Fox News if she would be comfortable sending a family member to the South Korean County.

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.

"As the president said yesterday while expressing his view of the situation surrounding the IOC's decision, the reason is that there are still a lot of unanswered questions". By the time athletes arrive in PyeongChang, representatives for the International Olympic Committee said they anticipate that some 20,000 tests will have been done, many of them given to Russian athletes after widespread drug use scandals at previous Games.

"Obviously, it's hard for athletes", Ovechkin said.

Putin, who often uses Russia's Olympic tradition as an example of the country's greatness and showers medalists with luxury cars and cash, had earlier said that competing under a flag other than Russia's would be "humiliating".


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