South Korea: ROC VP says Russia aims to ‘regain its flag’ after Olympics

Russia wishes to 'regain' its national flag according to the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) Vice-President Stanislav Pozdnyakov, who was speaking at a press briefing in Pyeongchang's Main Press Centre on Thursday. «In my opinion, these Olympic Games would be a success if we manage to go through them smoothly without breakdowns and as a result at the end of the Games to regain our national flag... Еще,» he said. As it stands, Russian athletes with clean testing histories will compete under a neutral Olympic flag and will not be allowed to celebrate using the Russian tricolour. In reference to the ongoing doping cases on Russian athletes, Pozdnyakov said we are waiting for the CAS (Court for Arbitration of Sport) decision, but «I cannot comment on anything before.» Russian athletes «don't have a medal plan for these Olympic Games» because «some unfair people [are] using our medal plan as a dosage list,» Pozdnyakov said with regard to WADA's whistle-blower Grigiriy Rodchenkov, former head of Moscow anti-doping laboratory, whose testimony opened up the Russian doping case and sanctions from the IOC. Pozdnyakov also informed the press that all the athletes and members of the delegation in Pyeongchang are in good health despite the norovirus outbreak.

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