PyeongChang 2018 to be biggest Winter Olympics in history

by Dominic Parks February 1, 2018, 0:51
PyeongChang 2018 to be biggest Winter Olympics in history

On Dec. 22, 2017, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) banned 11 Russian athletes for life after they committed doping offences at the 2014 Sochi winter games.

Russian President Vladimir Putin told the country's athletes to forget about doping scandals when they compete at the upcoming Olympics.

Putin suggested that sports have become mixed up with politics and apologised for not being able to shield the athletes from that.

International Olympic Committee chief Thomas Bach said on January 24 that the invitations to the Olympics will go only to clean Russian athletes with "not the slightest doubt or suspicion" about them. "You and all sports fans should have no doubt that Russian Federation always will be, and were, and will support the idea of clean sport in all senses, in all respects", said he.

He said Russia considers the decisions not to allow some Russian athletes to take part in the 2018 Olympics to be odd.

"While we would prefer that this parade not occur on February 8, it is our hope, and I know the hope of South Korea, that the North Koreans. will join with all the nations of the world in celebrating the athletes", Goldstein said.

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South Korean Minister of Unification Cho Myoung Gyon assured that the parade would not interfere with joint Olympic efforts, describing it as an "internal North Korean event".

It was also reported that Christophe Dubi, the Olympic Games executive director for the IOC, said a "last push is needed" to reach the ticket sales goal.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport are due to announce their verdict tomorrow on the hearings of 39 Russian athletes banned from Pyeongchang 2018. Ironically, Russia has been banned from this year's games-giving the United States a push forward in the race. They took testimony from Russian whistleblower Grigory Rodchenkov and World Anti-Doping Agency investigator Richard McLaren, who did not attend in person.

Several athletes wore their "neutral" jackets open to show a Russian-flag shirt underneath.

A number of leading athletes of the Russian national team in their sports were not included in the list of those invited to the Olympics by the IOC Commission.


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