President of the Russian Olympic Committee Alexander Zhukov opened a meeting on the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) ban in Moscow, Tuesday. «Today we have a not so easy and unusual meeting of our Olympic Committee,» stated Zhukov, adding that «We will mostly discuss the participation of our athletes at the Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, which are to take place very soon — in... Еще February.» President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Thomas Bach announced that Russia will not be allowed to participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics amid doping allegation on December 5, after the IOC meeting in Lausanne. According to the IOC, Russian government officials will not be permitted to attend. In addition, the Russian flag will not be displayed at the opening ceremony and the country's anthem will not be played. Bach added that the IOC will allow only «clean» athletes to compete as neutrals at the upcoming Pyeongchang 2018 Olympics.