Tuesday, 23 January, 2018

Russian speaker says lawmakers should shun Olympics if no national flag: Ifax

Thomas Bach claimed at the IOC Session in Lima that the organisation would avoid entering diplomatic discussions on the Korean Pennisula Thomas Bach claimed at the IOC Session in Lima that the organisation would avoid entering diplomatic discussions on the Korean Pennisula
Terence Owen | 09 December, 2017, 07:18

Russian athletes who are proven to be clean should be allowed to compete under the Russian flag at the 2018 Winter Olympics, according to Arsenal shareholder Alisher Usmanov.

In the weeks ahead of Tuesday's IOC decision, more than 20 Russian athletes who competed at the Sochi Games were handed Olympic life bans for having allegedly violated anti-doping rules.

"I don't want to assess the IOC's decision made regarding me", Mutko said. "We accept and respect the IOC's decision".

The Pyeongchang organising committee had no immediate comment when approached by AFP. At the same time, the International Olympic Committee is hearing appeals from Russian athletes who were disqualified from the Sochi Games. However, the IOC left individual athletes a lifeline, offering them the opportunity to compete under the neutral designation "OAR" (Olympic Athletes from Russia).

The Uzbekistan-born oligarch has always been a close ally of the Russian government and President Vladimir Putin.

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Mutko's comments came hours after President Vladimir Putin said Russian Federation would not prevent its athletes from competing in South Korea as neutrals. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) proposes referring to such competitors as "Olympic Athletes from Russia", a fine but critical distinction and entirely in keeping with this wholly decent compromise.

"This could well be an opportunity for Russia", Lee added.

"To participate in the Olympics is an athlete's right".

In this file photo taken October 31, 2017, Lee Hee-beom (R), head of the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics organizing committee, holds up a lamp containing the Olympic flame during a ceremony at the Panathenaic Stadium in Athens.

The meeting came amid speculation that Bach might visit North Korea to discuss the communist nation's participation in the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, next year. The country boycotted the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, but has sent delegations to the 2002 and 2014 Asian Games in South Korea.

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