Russia: Putin says athletes free to compete under neutral Olympic flag

Russian President Vladimir Putin stated in Nizhny Novgorod on Wednesday that authorities will not impede the participation of Russian athletes in the 2018 Winter Olympic Games under a neutral flag. «We will definitely not be announcing any sort of blockades and will not be impeding the participation of our athletes [in the Games] if any of them decided to take part in the Olympics under the... Еще neutral status,» assured Putin. On Tuesday, the IOC announced that only 'clean' athletes will be allowed to compete under the neutral «Olympic Athlete from Russia» (OAR) flag, following an investigation into alleged Russian state-sponsored doping.

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