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Russian President Putin won't boycott Pyeongchang Olympics

Russian President Putin won't boycott Pyeongchang Olympics

The IOC on Tuesday banned Russian Federation from the Olympics after evidence emerged of an "unprecedented systematic manipulation" of the anti-doping system.

- Tatyana Romanovna, how will such an unprecedented incident affect the Olympic movement?

A Russian boycott would have been the biggest at any Olympics since the Soviet Union and its allies missed the 1984 Los Angeles Games. All it was done not to say that we need nothing now, especially since it will throw us off a few years in the framework of all world public sports movements. "I have not heard anything about that, but I do know in the talks that we have - whether it's Jerusalem or North Korea - it's about, how do we protect the USA citizens in the area?"

A report made by a WADA investigator and presented a year ago before the Rio de Janeiro Olympics included the testimony of the informer Grigori Rodchenkov, who worked with the Moscow branch of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA).

Asked on Fox News if athletes from the United States would be able to compete, Haley said: "There's an open question". At the same time, the choice should be made by a collegial body, it should not be privately decided, who will go and who will not.

Politicians and athletes earlier reacted with anger and disappointment to the International Olympic Committee decision. It will be a great responsibility and a great nervous tension, as the opinions in the society were divided - someone thinks that we should not took part in the Olympics under such conditions, someone thinks differently. They may get their rightful medals, and some will have another chance to compete, but that first moment can not be replayed, and they will not have the chance to stand on the podium or hear their national anthem. 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.

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"For us, the interests of the athlete have always been the priority", Mutko was cited as saying by the state-run TASS news agency on Wednesday. Still, people have citizenship. "But I don't think anything will change".

"We all know the athletes who will be going to the Olympics and their uniform will have the white, red and blue colours", Dvorkovich told state media.

A Russian lawmaker declared that "we won't apologize".

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

Yes, there is a confrontation, the political background of the decision of the International Olympic Committee is huge, but as they say, you should be by head and shoulders above and do our best. We ourselves have an interest in this in the first place, if we do not want a repeat of such situations.

"It's tough as an athlete when you are following the rules and are doing what you're supposed to do". Mass sports gives birth to elite sports and champions. They certainly needed to be punished for what they did.


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