May 22, 2018

Russia's Putin: I never demanded victory at Sochi Olympics

07 December 2017, 06:16 | Sandy Nunez

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

"We urge the active participation of winter sports athletes from all over the world, including Russian athletes".

It's not yet clear if Russian athletes plan to challenge those requirements in court.

Bach also said the Russian Olympic Committee must pay a total of $15 million to pay for the IOC's doping investigation and to contribute money to the Independent Testing Authority "to build the capacity and the integrity of the global anti-doping system".

Some top sports figures agreed, with ice hockey forward Ilya Kovalchuk telling TASS state news agency: "We must go to the Olympics".

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.

Russia's women's hockey team might be a contender for bronze but struggles to compete against the top two squads, the USA and Canada. "The Olympic Anthem will be played in any ceremony".

It's easy to see why.

"I have prepared for this for 4 years".

She's also not connected to any doping offenses from 2014, when she was just 14.

The decision by the IOC's executive board follows last year's McLaren report from the World Anti-Doping Agency, which confirmed that Russia's Olympics program had engaged in an "institutional conspiracy" to beat the system that included using a "mouse hole" through which to swap out athletes' drug-tainted samples for clean ones.

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The IOC said its decision was based on evidence of a state-sponsored and systematic manipulation of anti-doping procedures by Moscow during the 2014 Sochi Games. However, it said *individual Russian athletes could be allowed to compete if they can prove and demonstrate a clean, doping-free background.

Of the growing number of athletes who have been stripped of their medals, Bach said the International Olympic Committee is looking at how to give clean athletes who are elevated to the podium the recognition they deserve months and years after they competed. Putin himself had suggested it would be "humiliation" for Russian athletes to compete without their national symbols.

So this ban is against the IOC's self-interest.

Rather than a blanket ban, the International Olympic Committee chose a more moderate path which offers some Russian athletes a route to compete in the Games.

On the women's side, medal hopes appear remote.

Russian authorities have vehemently denied any state support for doping and have pledged to cooperate with worldwide sports authorities to counter the use of banned performance-enhancing drugs.

Tuesday's ruling opens the way for six-time Olympic short-track champion Viktor Ahn to return to South Korea and contend for more medals.

Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin said he would support Russian athletes participating in the upcoming Winter Olympics in South Korea, even though the Russian flag and anthem will be absent.

Igor Lebedev, deputy Speaker of the lower house of the Russian parliament, said that Russia must refuse to participate in 2018 Winter Olympics as competing under a neutral flag will be a humiliation for the country.

Medals are potentially possible in other disciplines such as big air or snowboard cross.

Russian Federation hosted the last Winter Olympics, in 2014.

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