The IOC took the decision to suspend the Russian team from participation in the winter Olympics. Not a single Russian official from the sport will not be able to attend the games. Athletes can only act in a neutral status «, the athlete from Russia», without the right application to the national paraphernalia, in awarding the athletes will not be able to anthem, and anthem of the Olympic movement. At the opening ceremony, Russian athletes will be able to pass under the Olympic flag.
As stated by the head of the Russian Olympic Committee Alexander Zhukov, deprived of membership in the International Olympic Committee, «this is totally unacceptable and absolutely humiliating for any athlete who is proud to be advocates for their country and is a citizen of the country», quotes RT words of the official.
However, according to Zhukov, if the Russian athletes still go to Korea, then on the last day of the winter games, they will be able to pass under the Russian flag.
«The restriction only applies until the last day of the tournament. It is expected that the last day they will be with the Olympic Committee of Russia lifted. At the closing ceremony of the Games, the Russian athletes will be able to pass under the Russian flag along with everyone», — said Zhukov.