Korea urges Russians to compete as neutrals in 2018 Olympics

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On Thursday, Putin said he will allow his country's athletes to take part as individuals if they wish to, adding that there won't be any kind of a blockade.

But the decision also doesn't necessarily mean that there won't be any Russian athletes present. Putin has previously said that it would be humiliating for his country to compete without national symbols.

Haley said US officials will monitor activity in the region closely, and determine a way to ensure athletes are protected.

South Korean organisers of the 2018 Winter Olympics said Wednesday they would welcome Russian athletes to compete under a neutral flag after Moscow was banned from the Games over its state-orchestrated doping programme.

"Many athletes, I know many of them personally, have been preparing for these competitions their entire lives, it wasn't only a couple of years of preparation, they have been preparing for their whole careers, and for them it's very important. Then punish those who are guilty", Putin said. "Some say, 'Yes, we've worked so hard". But he went on, "I believe that this grounds was used in not a not quite honest manner, to put it mildly".

"What matters is that the commission wrote in its conclusions that there was no system of state support of doping in Russian Federation". It would be premature, he said, to draw conclusions before officials have spoken to the IOC.

As it announced Russia's punishment, the International Olympic Committee also released the latest report by the disciplinary commission chaired by Samuel Schmid, a former president of Switzerland.

In announcing the decision, IOC president Thomas Bach accused Russian Federation of "perpetrating an unprecedented attack on the integrity of the Olympic Games and sport". Ahn, along with other Russian athletes have many suspicions to overcome, with the World Anti-Doping Agency ruling last month, that Russia had failed to meet global drug-testing standard for the third year in a row.

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Should they win gold medals, the Olympic anthem, not the Russian anthem, will be played during medal ceremonies.

However, Pyotr Tolstoy, deputy speaker of the State Duma, the Russian parliament's lower house, has called for a boycott. There were no ideal options, but this decision will clearly make it less likely that this ever happens again.

Putin and Peskov spoke after ideas of a boycott - and perhaps the resuscitation of a version of the Goodwill Games - circulated in Russia after Tuesday's news that the IOC had suspended the Russian Olympic Committee over a widespread and complex doping program. "There are positive and negative sides", he said.

But if all conditions are met by those athletes, the International Olympic Committee might soften its stance at the closing ceremony in South Korea.

It said the athletes had asked CAS to rule before the start of the February 9-25 Pyeongchang Olympics in South Korea.

It is now likely that a number of Russian champion athletes will compete.

The IOC says the OAR team will be picked by a panel of anti-doping and medical officials from various organizations.

"I have prepared for this for 4 years".

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