Deputy Chairman of Russia's Federation Council Andrei Klimov stated that the International Olympic Commission's (IOC) decision to ban Russia from participating in the 2018 Winter Olympics is «a geopolitical war» backed by Washington. Klimov made the statement during a round table discussion in Moscow on Wednesday. Retired Russian artistic gymnast and seven-time Olympic medal-winner Svetlana... Еще Khorkina argued that «it was a decision taken a long time ago. Even the text was agreed upon. In my opinion, it was not an independent decision by the IOC Executive Committee.» Russian athlete Tatyana Lebedeva called on Russian athletes to «leave proudly and boycott the Games.» On Tuesday, the IOC made the announcement 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.