Russia: ‘We will fight to end’ vow athletes on IOC’s ban

SOT, correspondent (Russian): “What word would you use to describe the situation regarding the Russian sport now?” SOT, Sophia Prosvirnova, Russian short-track speed-skater (Russian): “Probably injustice.” SOT, correspondent (Russian): “Without Russia and strong competitors?” SOT, Maxim Andrianov, Russian bobsledder (Russian): “We’ll stand for them.” SOT, correspondent (Russian): “What one... Еще word would you use to describe the situation around our [Russian team] sport?” SOT, Elena Nikitina, Russian skeleton athlete (Russian): “It is arbitrariness.” Russia’s short-track speed skating team and other athletes vowed on Friday in Moscow to keep fighting for their right to participate in the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games. “Of course the situation is very difficult. I just don’t understand anything. They [IOC] will not say anything why they didn’t invite me”, said six-time Olympic gold medallist short-track speed-skater Victor Ahn. Ahn’s team member Semen Elistratov vowed “to go and fight to the end, to defend our honour and honour of our athletes who were deceitfully, nastily and inexplicably suspended.” “The medal’s value is rising, as for me, because the fight will be more intense. We’ll stand for them [our banned athletes],” affirmed Russian bobsledder Maxim Andrianov. The Russian Olympic Committee announced on Tuesday that the IOC’s preliminary list of athletes for the Games did not include multiple Olympic champion Ahn or some other highly rated athletes, such as cross country skiing world champion Sergei Ustyugov and biathlete Anton Shipulin. The IOC hasn’t given any explanation for its decision so far.

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