Russia will analyze the reasons for its ban from next year’s Winter Olympics before acting, a Kremlin spokesman said Wednesday.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) barred Russian athletes from the games in PyeongChang, South Korea, over state-sponsored doping during the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
“We need to exclude emotions and seriously analyze the decisions the IOC has taken with regard to our country before making any judgments on this matter,” spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters in Moscow.
He added: “A number of other technological issues need to be clarified.”
On Tuesday night, the IOC blocked athletes from competing under the Russian flag, although those with a clean record of drug-testing will be able to compete as neutrals.
It also excluded Russia’s Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko and his deputy Yuri Nagornykh from participating in future Olympics and suspended Russian Olympic Committee President Alexander Zhukov as an IOC member.
Host South Korea ‘respects’ Russia's Olympics ban
South Korea is ready to host a successful Winter Olympics without Russia, according to PyeongChang 2018’s organizers Wednesday.After the International Olympic Committee decided to ban Russia from the Games for state-sponsored doping, a statement out of PyeongChang made clear the organizers "accept and respect" the move.IOC President Thomas Bach condemned the scandal as "an unprecedented attack on the integrity of the Olympic Games".He also expressed hope that this will "serve as a catalyst for a more effective anti-doping system".The ban still allows for clean Russian athletes to compete under a neutral flag, yet it remains to be seen how many of them will ignore domestic pressure to boycott PyeongChang 2018.Organizing committee chief Lee Hee-beom insisted he is not "overly worried" about a possible fall in ticket sales or television ratings, according to quotes carried by Yonhap News Agency.But amid concerns about a lack of enthusiasm for the Games, South Korea's Justice Ministry announced last month it would permit no-visa entry for Chinese visitors in line with the Olympics.
IOC sees more than 20,000 drugs tests in Pyeongchang lead-up
More than 20,000 doping tests will have been conducted by the start of next year's Pyeongchang winter Olympics as the International Olympic Committee's pre-Games testing programme hopes to root out cheats in advance, it said on Tuesday.Russian athletes are among those targeted most with the nation awaiting the IOC decision on its participation at February's Pyeongchang winter Olympics following the widespread doping scandal in the country."It is 7,000 (total) tests so far until November on 4,000 athletes," IOC medical chief Richard Budgett told reporters."There will be a lot more in the coming two or three months as we are in the winter season. I suspect the total number of tests will be 20,000."The targeted pre-Games testing task force, jointly run by WADA, the IOC and winter and summer sports federations, advises federations and National Olympic committees to test specific athletes."The Russian athletes have been tested more than other by a considerable margin," Budgett said. "Requirements have been issued to the international federations and RUSADA (Russian anti-doping agency) for the level of testing of those athletes."Russia has been in the spotlight since a report by a World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) commission in 2015 found evidence of state-sponsored doping in Russia and accused it of systematically violating anti-doping regulations.A further WADA report in 2016 found that more than 1,000 Russian competitors in more than 30 sports had been involved in a conspiracy to conceal positive drug tests over a five-year period.Kremlin vows to defend Russian athletes after lost Sochi medals over dopingOlympics: In Yuna's absence, Koreans holding out for a Pyeongchang heroPyeongchang 2018 Games torch lit in ancient OlympiaIn the last month, the IOC's own commission has banned more than 20 Russian athletes from the Olympics for life over doping violations at the 2014 Winter Games that Russia hosted in Sochi. WADA has said that Russia remains "non-compliant" with its code.The IOC will decide later on Tuesday if Russia will be allowed to compete at the Pyeongchang Games in South Korea from Feb. 9-25.