Sport #NoRussiaNoGames: State TV, banned athletes take aim at IOC over Pyeongchang Winter Olympics ban

06:16  07 december  2017
06:16  07 december  2017 Source:   MSN

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  Nikki Haley: North Korea threat makes U.S. Olympic participation an 'open question' The U.N. ambassador did not confirm that it was a 'done deal' the U.S. government would recommend that its athletes compete in PyeongChang amid rising tensions in the region.Speaking with Fox News’s Martha MacCallum, Haley said that the U.S. would take “every precaution” to ensure the safety of its athletes. Asked if she would “feel comfortable” sending a family member who was on Team USA to PyeongChang, Haley replied, “I think it depends on what’s going on at the time in the country.

“So he has [the] choice between let’s say hard place and stone rock [sic] because there is no way for the IOC not to address the issue and it’s getting more and more probable that Russia maybe will be banned from the Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang 2018.”

LAUSANNE, Switzerland — Russian athletes will be allowed to compete at the upcoming Pyeongchang Olympics as neutrals despite orchestrated The IOC suspended the Russian Olympic committee and IOC member Alexander Zhukov, and also banned Russian Deputy Prime Minister

It was a hysterical few hours in Russia after the decision was made to ban the national team from the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.

State media led the patriotic charge, with one channel, Russia 24, putting a red strike through the Olympic logo in the corner of the screen.

The hashtag they've pushed over the last few weeks, #NoRussiaNoGames, was also on prominent display.

One expert declared the decision to bar Russia's Olympians as tantamount to genocide.

The discussion, to begin with at least, was all about whether it was right to skip the 2018 Games altogether.

Russia's President Vladimir Putin appeared to nip that one in the bud on Wednesday evening.

"We certainly won't declare a boycott," he said.

"We won't prevent our Olympians from participating if there are those that want to take part in a personal capacity."

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The International Olympic Committee ( IOC ) will decide on December 5 if Russia can compete at next year's Winter Olympics in South Korea. Two Russian skiers handed Olympic bans . Hearings for Russian athletes following the re-tests of their doping samples from the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics

LAUSANNE, Switzerland, Dec 5 (Reuters) - Russia's Olympic Committee (ROC) has been banned from the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics next year after the prolonged doping scandal but some athletes will be allowed to compete under the tag of " Olympic Athlete of Russia

The decision by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) permits "invited athletes" to compete without a Russian uniform, the Russian flag or the national anthem.

Mr Putin previously said that would be a humiliation.

Former sport minister and current Deputy Prime Minister, Vitaly Mutko, who's banned from all future Olympic events for his alleged role in the doping scandal, wrote on Twitter that athletes who wanted to compete "should not be called traitors".

"They should be supported whatever their decision," he said.

"There's nowhere left to retreat, it's time to give the West a kick up the a---!"

A Russian flag and a flexing bicep emoticon hammered home the message.

Politicians of all stripes lashed out at what they see as a political decision not to let the Russian Olympic team compete.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) headquarters is pictured on the day of an Executive Board meeting on sanctions for Russian athletes in Lausanne. © Denis Balibouse/Reuters The International Olympic Committee (IOC) headquarters is pictured on the day of an Executive Board meeting on sanctions for Russian athletes in Lausanne. "This is without doubt a part of the West's broad attempt to restrain Russia," said Konstantin Kosachev, who chairs the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee.

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The International Olympic Committee have banned the Russian Olympic Committee from sending athletes to the Games in Pyeongchang . The IOC have ruled: To suspend the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) with immediate effect. To invite individual Russian athletes under strict conditions

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His deputy, Andrei Klimov, added more detail.

"If you look at the members of WADA [World Anti-Doping Agency], you will be surprised to see … that the majority represent NATO states," he said.

"And it's people representing these states — that have devoted their policies to constrain Russian international politics — who dictate to us who is right and who is wrong."

Conspiracy theory circulates

Russian bobsledder Alexander Zubkov, who has just been stripped of his two golds from the Sochi Olympics for doping, was similarly combative.

"The IOC … has a very negative view of Russian sportsmen," he told the ABC.

"Athletes [are] being banned for life and having their medals taken away without proof they've done anything wrong."

It's a view that's trickled into the broader population; that a conspiracy is afoot, directed by the West, to strip Russian athletes of their medals and Russia of its honour.

Which is why it came as something of a surprise in central Moscow on Wednesday when one older gentleman told me:

"You know, we've only got ourselves to blame, though the punishment's a bit harsh.

"They should have fixed the problem two years ago so we wouldn't be treated like this."

Russian athlete group appeal Winter Olympics bans .
A group of 22 Russian athletes suspended by the IOC have appealed against their lifetime Olympic bans with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). The athletes were all sanctioned for doping violations after samples from the 2014 Sochi Games were retested as part of the Oswald Commission.News of the appeal comes a day after Russia's federation was ruled out of returning to competitive action for the Pyeongchang Games next year. © Getty Images Russia's Aleksandr Zubkov. Five gold medalists are among the 22, including bobsledder Aleksandr Zubkov, who was Russia's flagbearer for the Games.

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