Putin Calls Olympic Ban 'Outside Attack,' Expresses Support For Country's Athletes

01 February, 2018, 00:53 | Author: Archie Newman
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Putin also stressed that Russia will have "substantial conversation" with worldwide sporting organisations about the participation of Russians at the Olympics.

"Forgive us for not being unable to protect you from this".

Russia is thankful to South Korea for its support to Russia's athletes who will take part in the Olympic Games in PyeongChang, Russian Ambassador to South Korea Alexander Timonin said on Tuesday at a meeting of the organizers of a concert dedicated to the Olympic Games that are kicking off in ten days. "But you and all sports fans should not have any doubts that Russian Federation will always perform, and has performed, and will support the ideas of clean sports in all senses, in all respects", Putin said.

South and North Korean skiers begin joint training sessions on Wednesday at the North's Masikryong Resort, Seoul's Unification Ministry said.

It was recently announced that 169 OAR athletes had been given invitations to compete at Pyeongchang 2018, however, that number has now reduced to 168 after speed skater Olga Graf turned the invitation down in protest.

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According to the president, Russian Federation will have a "substantive discussion" with its colleague in global organisations on the issue.

"I don't want to compete at the Olympics without our flag or anthem".

The decision is part of an International Olympic Committee investigation into doping of Russian athletes at the 2014 winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

"Any citizen of the United States traveling to the 2018 Winter Games can rest assured that the Republic of Korea has a comprehensive security system in place and that the United States government is supporting our ally in that regard", Under Secretary of State Steve Goldstein told a briefing. That leaves 168 "Olympic Athletes from Russia" who must compete under a neutral flag because of IOC sanctions related to doping at the Sochi Olympics.

Russian Federation was banned last month from the February 9-25 Winter Olympics in South Korea over what the International Olympic Committee called the "systematic manipulation" of the anti-doping testing system at the Sochi Games four years ago.

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