Capitals superstar Ovechkin believes Russians should still participate in the Olympics

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Samuel Schmid Chair of the IOC Disciplinary Commission and Thomas Bach President of the International Olympic Committee attend a news conference after an Executive Board meeting on sanctions for Russian athletes in Lausanne Switzerland December 5

Russia is expected to make a final decision on its stance regarding the IOC ban at a meeting of Russian Olympic authorities next week.

Jean-Loup Chappelet, an Olympic specialist from the University of Lausanne, said the IOC's decision was "strong because it rested on its credibility regarding the subject of doping and sent the ball into Russia's court".

It's been called an unprecedented attack on the integrity of the Olympic Games and sport, prompting the most wide-ranging punishment ever meted out to a participating nation.

"Those moments that were robbed, you don't get them back and it doesn't feel good to sit here and talk to you and think about were they doing something like that in Vancouver, when I was fourth?"

"There is no decision yet", he said when asked if the state will act as a sponsor for athletes allowed to participate in the Olympics. It is yet unclear who will bear the expenses related to the participation of Russian athletes in the 2018 Olympic Games, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.

Clean Russian athletes would be allowed to compete under an Olympic flag, the IOC said. Athletes from around the world, including a few from Alaska, made their opinions known following the ban announcement. "I think our athletes have to go and do their best".

"Two-time Olympic skier Holly Brooks told Channel 2 via email that, "(Tuesday's) decision is a win for clean athletes and clean sport.

Putin added that Russia accepted some responsibility for the International Olympic Committee (IOC) decision to ban the country from the upcoming Games but said the accusations against Russian athletes banned for alleged doping violations were baseless.

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"Russia has been punished, including the government in the guise of Mutko, but there exists a way out for those athletes who have nothing to do with this".

"With no Russian Federation, will this Olympics be interesting to our continent?"

In the meantime, the International Olympic Committee will conduct tens of thousands of pre-Games doping tests ahead of competition in South Korea.

There will be no Russian flags, anthems or uniforms during the Games in Pyeongchang.

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. You'll be solidifying the belief that the only risk in running a dirty system is the potential consequences that will fall on individual athletes.

Schultz said she was shocked at the news at first, but not totally surprised. We can not just take this path, demonstrate hubris and say "We turn and walk away", because then we would have to answer the question of why we started the fight two years ago when we started to restore RUSADA and seek a way out of the situation.

"I am confident that the IOC, the respective worldwide sport federations and the World Anti-Doping Agency will collaborate with the Russian authorities to apply the appropriate corrective measures".



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