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

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

"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".

Earlier on Tuesday, the IOC decided that Russian athletes will be allowed to compete under the designation "Olympic Athlete from Russia" and march behind the Olympic flag at opening ceremonies.

The International Olympic Committee has suspended the Russian Olympic Committee "with immediate effect", essentially banning the country from the upcoming Winter Olympics over Russia's system of state-supported cheating by athletes using performance-enhancing drugs. "This is an important conclusion", Putin said.

Those Russian athletes that agree to compete under a neutral flag will wear special uniforms with the name "Olympic Athlete from Russia (OAR)".

The IOC on Tuesday banned Russian Federation from the Olympics after evidence emerged of an "unprecedented systematic manipulation" of the anti-doping system. That decision means no Russian athletes will compete in their national team colors and their anthem will not play. "Then punish those who are guilty", Putin said.

In another development on Wednesday, 22 Russians disqualified from Sochi 2014 for doping offences and banned from the Olympics filed appeals at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

The IOC's decision was met with an eruption of irate denunciations from Russian officials, who attacked it as unfair and as part of a Western plot.

There were indications though that certain elements of the International Olympic Committee decision had been sufficient sweeteners to make the ban palatable to Russian Federation.

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"Throughout history, there were so many things we had to endure from our 'partners, ' " Zakharova said. Zhukov said that it was positive that Russian athletes could still participate in Pyeongchang.

The ministry issued Zakharova's words along with a slogan that spread on social media Tuesday: "No Russia No Games".

Six-time Olympic hockey player Hayley Wickenheiser, who was elected to the IOC athletes' commission in 2014, aligns with Kershaw in placing the blame Russia's sport leaders and not the athletes.

United Nations ambassador Nikki HaleyNimrata (Nikki) HaleyTrump's withdrawal from migration summit shows his nationalist colors US, South Sudan must stand together for peace Dems plan ambitious campaign for red-state governorships MORE said Wednesday there's still an "open question" as to whether the USA will send its athletes to South Korea in February for the Winter Olympics, citing escalating tensions with North Korea.

The Canadian government supported the IOC's punitive measures against Russian Federation.

In related news, South Korean-born Russian short track speed skater Victor An said Wednesday he wishes to compete as a neutral athlete.

"I have prepared for this for 4 years".

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