Putin says Russians will be allowed to compete as neutral athletes at Olympics

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Sports Pulse: USA TODAY Sports reporter Rachel Axon breaks down the IOC’s decision to ban Russia from the Winter Olympics.
USA TODAY Sports

LAUSANNE, Switzerland  – Russian officials will not stop athletes from competing under the Olympic flag.

Following the International Olympic Committee’s decision Tuesday to issue unprecedented sanctions on the country that include a ban from the upcoming Pyeongchang Olympics, concerns lingered as to whether Russian officials would boycott the decision.

In suspending the Russian Olympic Committee, the IOC created a way for individuals to compete as “Olympic Athletes from Russia” with uniforms with that name. Any athletes who meet the criteria regarding testing and their anti-doping history, will be reviewed by a panel before being invited by the IOC.

Those athletes will compete under the Olympic flag and hear the Olympic anthem should they win gold medals.

Russian officials had previously said they would boycott a

Article source: https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/olympics/2017/12/06/putin-says-russians-allowed-compete-neutral-athletes-olympics/926664001/

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