Published: Thu, December 07, 2017
IT | By Lester Massey

Russian Federation shocked over Olympics ban

Russian Federation shocked over Olympics ban

"We proceed from the fact that the International Olympic Committee decision is discriminatory".

The 2018 Winter Olympics will be held in PyeongChang, South Korea.

"I think those are conversations we're going to have to have".

In the meantime, the International Olympic Committee will conduct tens of thousands of pre-Games doping tests ahead of competition in South Korea. North Korea test fired an advanced intercontinental ballistic missile on Tuesday. "We will not prevent our Olympic athletes from taking part if anyone wants to take part in a personal capacity".

French Sports Minister Laura Flessel has already warned that if the crisis deepened and "our security can not be assured, the French Olympics team will stay at home".

It is worth mentioning, however, that concern in South Korea is far lower as similar rhetoric has been common ever since the Korean War ended with a ceasefire rather than a peace treaty in 1953.

The IOC at the time chose not to impose a blanket ban, leaving it up to global sports federations to decide whether individual Russians could compete in Rio.

South Korean officials and Games organisers have also repeatedly promised that the event will be safe to attend.

The IOC said Wednesday, before Haley's comments, that despite the ongoing tensions the security situation remains unchanged and there is no security threat.

According to a report, Nikki Haley, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, is reportedly saying she's not certain we should send our athletes to the Olympics.

Vladimir Putin, fresh on the heels of the widely anticipated announcement that he'll seek a fourth term as president, said that Russian Federation won't stop its athletes from competing under a neutral flag at the 2018 Winter Olympics after the national team was banned from the Games.

Mutko, who served as sports minister at the time of the 2014 Sochi Games, remained tight-lipped about the decision to ban him from the Olympics.

Putin, who often uses Russia's Olympic tradition as an example of the country's greatness and showers medalists with luxury cars and cash, had earlier said that competing under a flag other than Russia's would be "humiliating".

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