Russian Federation 'will not bar athletes' from Games

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As well as being deputy prime minister, Mutko is president of the Russian football federation and has close ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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.

Many Russians had earlier taken to Twitter to express outrage over the International Olympic Committee decision, tweeting under the hashtag "no Russia, no games". The decision came after 14-person panel was presented with the results of two separate investigations of alleged Russian doping - one concerning individual athletes, the other institutional violations.

The IOC punishment did leave room for many Russians to compete under the name "Olympic Athlete from Russia" or OAR.

When commenting WADA's accusation of an alleged state system to supply drugs to athletes, Medvedev made it clear that his country will not give credit in any way to a clear lie based on arguments that the worldwide institution can not prove.

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".

The COI verdict is a strong blow to our sports amateurs and fans and a true tragedy for our athletes, many of whom aspire for the last time to win Olympic medals, the head of Government underlined. In addition, the International Olympic Committee promised those athletes who were bested by Russian cheats in earlier games that it would try to "make up for the moments they missed on the podium or the finish line".

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Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that Russia would not prevent its athletes from competing at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics if they so desired.

Slava Malamud, a USA -based contributor to the Russian language Sovetsky Sport newspaper, which is headquartered in Moscow, said the IOC ban is unlikely to change Russia's approach to Olympic competition.

Well on her way to beating Ingemar Stenmark's World Cup record of 86 victories, she'll now aim to add to the downhill Olympic title she claimed in Vancouver back in 2010. The IOC accused Russian Federation of systematic violations of anti-doping rules, particularly during the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

He added that it would not be a priority to hold Russian officials responsible. It blames Grigory Rodchenkov, the former director of Moscow and Sochi testing laboratories, as a rogue employee.

Charges of cheating are not new to Russian athletes. Even before the International Olympic Committee reallocates the stripped medals, the United States has the most total medals and Norway has the most golds.

The IOC has already stripped Russia of 11 medals from the Sochi Olympics and banned more than 20 Russian athletes for life.

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