Putin Says Russia Won't Boycott PyeongChang Olympics

We won't stop Russians competing: Putin

The Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) will pay a recently requested sum of $15 million to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) only based on a mutually agreed accord with the worlds governing Olympic body, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko said on Thursday.

The three-time Olympian had led the charge for Canada's first Olympic medal in men's cross-country skiing for over a decade, finishing fourth in team sprint with teammate Alex Harvey at the 2010 Vancouver Games.

Charges of cheating are not new to Russian athletes.

"It's tough as an athlete when you are following the rules and are doing what you're supposed to do".

Bach said he hoped those attending would "represent a new generation of clean Russian athletes in the Games and build a bridge into a clean future of Russian sport".

There had been talk of Russian Federation boycotting the Pyeongchang Games by banning its athletes from taking part as neutrals, but that idea was ruled out by President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday.

Christine told me that everyone asks her about being robbed of the chance to receive a gold medal at the 2012 Olympics. While we have certain difficulties in elite sports, we should invest in mass sports, youth sports, and do it professionally, realizing that we need coaching staff and legal medical and biological security, including specialized nutrition, so that professionals were able to achieve high results without any doping.

Addressing the strained relations and their impact on the Olympics, Haley said the Trump administration would try to "find out the best way" to protect U.S. athletes participating in the games.

Russian state TV channels have said the allegations are an anti-Russia witch hunt and have pushed the #NoRussiaNoGames hashtag.

As the scandal rumbles on, the Oswald Commission - headed by another Swiss, the International Olympic Committee member Denis Oswald - is dealing with the specific cases and determining sanctions against individual athletes.

"We all know the athletes who will be going to the Olympics and their uniform will have the white, red and blue colours", Dvorkovich told state media.

However, Mark Jones, a spokesman for the US Olympic Committee, said there had been no discussion of US athletes' staying away. Every athlete has a choice to take or not to take prohibited substances.

"It is also commendable and important to see harsher sanctions towards officials and entourage".

The Canadian government supported the IOC's punitive measures against Russian Federation.

"The Canadian team will have the confidence that they're competing on a level playing field", COC president Tricia Smith said Tuesday.

Russia is expected to make a final decision on its stance regarding the IOC ban at a meeting of Russian Olympic authorities next week.

Russian athletes have said they will appeal the IOC's decision to the Court of Arbitration in Sports, but for now, the International Olympic Committee has said a panel of officials will decide which athletes will be accepted into the Games.

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