Russia Says It Needs to Analyze Winter Olympics Ban Before Taking Action

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The Olympic anthem will be played in any ceremony for medals won by these athletes, and Russia's official medal count for the games will stand at zero.

It's easy to imagine glasses being clinked at the Kremlin two nights ago, when the International Olympic Committee announced its decision to ban Russian Federation in name only - while sparing many of its athletes - from the upcoming Pyeongchang Olympics.

The door was left open, however, for Russians to compete as an "Olympic Athlete of Russia" as long as they satisfy strict conditions that show they have a doping-free background.

"This is not the time to be thinking about myself". "First and foremost you need to protect athletes", - quoted Mutko "Federal news Agency".

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Russian authorities have never acknowledged the state's alleged role in the scandal but have pledged to work with worldwide sports bodies to help curb the use of performance-enhancing drugs in the country.

"The Russian Olympic Committee is suspended with immediate effect", said IOC President Thomas Bach.

In truth, the International Olympic Committee could hardly fail to act given the evidence uncovered by the explosive World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) sponsored McLaren report and two subsequent International Olympic Committee investigations, which found that Russian athletes had taken part in an elaborate drug cheating programme that reached its zenith at the 2014 Winter Olympics. "Some athletes work out for maybe three years to get ready for the Olympics".

Another Olympics expert from the University of France-Comte, Eric Monnin, said the International Olympic Committee was "playing for its life and legitimacy" during the sordid state-sponsored doping affair, in which the global body also banned Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko from the Olympics for life. The Games have also been hit by the decision by North America's National Hockey League not to allow its athletes to attend, and lukewarm interest in South Korea. It does, however, say that various Russian institutions such as the Ministry of Sports and the ROC failed to fulfil their legal responsibility to make sure Russian athletes were clean. "I support them", Ovechkin said.

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"We have not had any discussions, either internally or with our government partners, about the possibility of not taking teams to the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games", he said in a statement.

"If you're working with a nation who's willing to go to those ends to have a successful Olympics, that's really sad for me", added the 22-year-old Shiffrin, who is the Olympic slalom champion and victor of the last three slalom World Championships.

It said the IOC's actions proved that "you can destroy a whole Olympic country on the basis of indirect evidence and a single witness who was under a criminal investigation and has been treated in a psychiatric hospital".

In the absence of a boycott, the Russian public will watch Russian athletes compete in South Korea and be reminded of why their flag is not flying at the Games.

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Chechen strongman Ramzan Kadyrov, writing on his Telegram social networking page, warned that "not one athlete living in Chechnya will participate under a neutral flag". "So it's similar for us, it's everything".

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