International Olympic Committee suspends Russian Federation from 2018 Winter Olympics

Putin says Russia won't prevent athletes from competing in Pyeongchang - agencies

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

Russia's women's hockey team might be a contender for bronze but struggles to compete against the top two squads, the US and Canada.

"I have prepared for this for 4 years".

Allegations about Russia's state-sponsored doping system are largely based on claims made by Grigory Rodchenkov, former head of Russia's Anti-Doping Center.

Speaking to reporters after a speech to automobile plant workers in Nizhny Novgorod where he announced he would run for a fourth presidential term next year, Putin said the International Olympic Committee decision was politically motivated.

"I can not accept the option that I would compete in the Olympic Games without the Russian flag as a neutral athlete", Medvedeva said in a statement issued by Russia's Olympic Committee (and translated into English by Google Translate).

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However, they will be allowed to compete only under the Olympic flag and the name "Olympic Athlete from Russia", while the Olympic rather than Russian anthem will be played should they win gold.

But given that the ban was not a blanket one, one expert, who wishes to remain anonymous, says the IOC's decision is fair as it gives the opportunity for a rehabilitated Russian Federation to rejoin the Olympic fold.

The team has since been stripped of 11 of the 33 medals it won in Sochi as a result of doping violations.

Russia's sleds were already depleted by retirements since Sochi, even before the top Russian pilot in the two-man and four-man events, Alexander Kasyanov, was handed an IOC lifetime Olympic ban earlier this month. By the time the report came out, almost all Russian track and field athletes had been banned by the International Association of Athletics Federations. Another report found that more than 1,000 Russian competitors across 30 sports have been involved in a conspiracy to hide positive drug tests over a five-year period.

So this ban is against the IOC's self-interest.

On the women's side, medal hopes appear remote.

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After the International Olympic Committee banned Russian athletes from playing under their flag, Ovechkin said he supports the team's decision and is "pretty sure they're going".

Russian authorities have vehemently denied any state support for doping and have pledged to cooperate with global sports authorities to counter the use of banned performance-enhancing drugs.

Putin said on Wednesday there were many questions about the IOC's decision, but that it would be up to every Russian sportsperson to decide if they participate as neutral competitors.

The IOC also chose to suspend Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) president Alexander Zhukov as an IOC member, while Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko, sports minister at the time of the Sochi Games, was also banned from any future participation at the Olympics.

Medals are potentially possible in other disciplines such as big air or snowboard cross.

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

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