South Korea voices regret over Russia Winter Olympics ban

South Korea voices regret over Russia Winter Olympics ban

Yolanda Curtis
December 7, 2017

"I consider that the IOC's decision is unprofessional", Svishchev said.

The Winter Games are to be held February 9-25 in Pyeongchang, a city about 50 miles from the demilitarized zone that separates North and South Korea.

"As an athlete myself, I'm feeling very sorry for all the clean athletes", Bach said.

"We need to do everything to make sure our athletes are not subject to any kind of discrimination, and that they are given equal opportunities", he added. The U.S. and South Korea, in turn, have conducted joint military exercises near the Korean Peninsula.

North Korea launched a new intercontinental ballistic missile late last month, ending a two-month hiatus for missile launches from the country. "We will take part in the Olympics, we're preparing", Musaibekov told reporters Thursday.

French Sports Minister Laura Flessel has already warned that if the crisis deepened and "our security can not be assured, the French Olympics team will stay at home". Membership the head of the Russian Olympic Committee Alexander Zhukov, the IOC suspended. Dmitry Peskon, a Kremlin spokesman himself, said Monday that Russian Federation was not planning to boycott the Olympics if the International Olympic Committee imposed restrictions.

South Korean officials and Games organisers have also repeatedly promised that the event will be safe to attend.

Asked on Fox News if athletes from the United States would be able to compete, Ms. Haley said: "There's an open question".

Russian athletes competing will carry a neutral flag and the name "Olympic Athlete from Russia." the IOC says.

Mutko, who served as sports minister at the time of the 2014 Sochi Games, remained tight-lipped about the decision to ban him from the Olympics. "Some athletes work out for maybe three years to get ready for the Olympics".

In truth, the International Olympic Committee could hardly fail to act given the evidence uncovered by the explosive World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) sponsored McLaren report and two subsequent International Olympic Committee investigations, which found that Russian athletes had taken part in an elaborate drug cheating programme that reached its zenith at the 2014 Winter Olympics.

"They make it possible for all the Olympic athletes to realise their dream of a lifetime".

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