Putin won't block athletes from Olympics amid anger at ban


"We will take part in the Olympics, we're preparing", Musaibekov told reporters Thursday.

World Cup 2018 chair and Russian Football Union president Vitaly Mutko has been handed a lifetime ban from involvement in future Olympic Games by the IOC.

America's participation in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, is an open question because of tensions with neighboring North Korea, U.S.

Individual Russian athletes may still be able to compete in South Korea, subject to meeting strict anti-doping guidelines, and would be referred to as "Olympic Athlete (s) from Russia" at the Games. The IOC accused Russian Federation of systematic violations of anti-doping rules, particularly during the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Russia's "partly to blame" for the situation it's in, though the Olympic ruling was still "politically motivated", he said, according to the Interfax news service.

Haley said US officials will monitor activity in the region closely, and determine a way to ensure athletes are protected.

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Putin, who often uses Russia's Olympic tradition as an example of the country's greatness and showers medalists with luxury cars and cash, had earlier said that competing under a flag other than Russia's would be "humiliating". By the time athletes arrive in PyeongChang, representatives for the International Olympic Committee said they anticipate that some 20,000 tests will have been done, many of them given to Russian athletes after widespread drug use scandals at previous Games.

The International Olympic Committee chose to ban the Russian federation as punishment for widespread doping Olympic officials believe was supported by the government. "But here, their country kind of went beyond what they needed to do to help their athletes improve their game".

Many Russians had earlier taken to Twitter to express outrage over the International Olympic Committee decision, tweeting under the hashtag "no Russia, no games".

The committee also banned several officials for life, including Mutko and his former deputy Yury Nagornykh, for overseeing Russia's state-sponsored doping scheme.