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Russian Federation says humiliating to go to Olympics without flag: RIA

Russian Federation says humiliating to go to Olympics without flag: RIA

WADA's decision, taken today in Seoul, raised the spectre of a possible ban of the Russian team from February's Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. According to the authors of the resolution, the Russian anti-doping Agency is still not able to fully control the situation with the use by athletes of doping, the Russian Federation. According to a senior official, the state is aware of current problems.

The International Olympic Committee will decide on Russia's participation in the PyeongChang Olympics at meetings early next month, taking into account WADA's decision Thursday and Russia's continued denials that it ran a state-sponsored doping program.

The IOC has said it will decide on Russia's participation at the Pyeongchang Winter Games in South Korea during its executive board meeting being held from December 5-7. That option apparently is on the table again, though Russian sports leaders have said they would boycott the Winter Games if their athletes aren't allowed to compete under the Russian flag. "They forget that we'll react to any pressure and especially unfair treatment like Russians do, we'll rally together".

Russian authorities deny there was a state-backed doping program, but have pledged to follow worldwide recommendations to get the suspension lifted.




"These two demands are obviously political", Russian Sports Minister Pavel Kolobkov said in Seoul, Tass reported.

WADA rejected Russia's reinstatement because technical requirements had not been met, he said.

The two International Olympic Committee investigations are expected to wrap up soon.


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