Vladimir Putin to Russian athletes: Ignore doping scandals at Winter Olympics

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Vladimir Putin to Russian athletes: Ignore doping scandals at Winter Olympics

In his words, the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) decision to allow Russian athletes compete under the neutral flag is "unfair in respect of Russian athletes, as majority have never used doping".

Appearing on TV and digital platforms, she will cover live events, meet athletes, and generally share her enthusiasm for the games and Team USA.

"Forgive us for failing to protect you from this".

Putin told a gathering of athletes at his presidential residence outside Moscow on January 31 that the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) decision to ban Russia from the Olympics amounts to an "outside attack" on Russian sports.

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Following a ban over alleged state-sponsored doping in the 2014 Sochi Olympics, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) last week chose to allow only 169 of Russia's athletes to take part in the Games under a neutral flag. "But you and all sports fans should not have any doubts that Russian Federation will always perform, and has performed, and will support the ideas of clean sports in all senses, in all respects", Putin said.

South Korea will go ahead with other Winter Olympics projects with North Korea despite Pyongyang calling off a joint cultural performance that was less than a week away, a South Korean government official said on Tuesday (Jan 30).

Reuters isn't the only group to be banned from the winter Olympics this year, as it was previously reported that the entirety of Russia's team has been banned from competing.

International Olympic Committee chief Thomas Bach said on January 24 that the invitations to the Olympics will go only to clean Russian athletes with "not the slightest doubt or suspicion" about them. They took testimony from Russian whistleblower Grigory Rodchenkov and World Anti-Doping Agency investigator Richard McLaren, who did not attend in person. This statement was made head of state at a meeting with Russian athletes participating in the Olympics in Pyeongchang, reports RIA Novosti. If they win, the Olympic anthem will be played. However, several of them wore their "neutral" jackets unzipped to reveal a Russian-flag shirt underneath.

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