The IOC on Tuesday banned Russia from the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics after evidence emerged of "unprecedented systematic manipulation" of the anti-doping system but left the door open for some Russians to compete as neutrals if they demonstrate they have a doping-free background. Putin said on Wednesday that Russia would not prevent its athletes from competing in Pyeongchang as neutrals, damping down calls from some Russians to boycott the Games. Russia is expected to make a final decision on its stance regarding the IOC ban at a meeting of Russian Olympic authorities next week.
In the weeks ahead of the decision, the IOC banned more than 20 Russian athletes for life from the Olympics as a result of an investigation into the alleged tampering of Russian athletes' positive tests by laboratory and security officials at the Sochi Games.
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Russian authorities have never acknowledged the state's alleged role in the scandal but have pledged to work with international sports bodies to help curb the use of performance-enhancing drugs in the country. Moscow says Russian Olympic ban designed to sour pre-election mood. Sorry we could not verify that email address.
Enter your email below and we'll send you another email. They demanded that a cameraman from a pro-Kremlin broadcaster explain in writing why he was filming a meeting of Jouluvana, the Estonian version of Santa Claus, and Russia's alter ego, Father Frost, on the Estonian-Russian border. BNS said Abramson was "filming the entire surroundings, including Russian border officials" on Monday on the bridge linking Estonia's third-largest city of Narva to the Russian town of Ivangorod.
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Since , the jovial characters have met there and handed out presents to nurseries and hospitals. Relations between Tallinn and Moscow are notoriously icy.
Estonia, a former Soviet republic, still has no valid border treaty with Russia. Copyright The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
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