Switzerland: 'Decision both positive and negative’ — Zhukov on Russia Olympic ban

President of the Russian Olympic Committee Alexander Zhukov commented the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) decision to ban Russia from 2018 Winter Olympics by saying ‘positives’ could be taken in Lausanne on Tuesday. He went on to say that although this kind of decision has no precedent in the recent history «all our teams are allowed to compete and they will be called athletes from... Еще Russia.» Zhukov also added that the temporary ban on the Russian Olympic Committee is expected to be lifted on the last day of the Olympics and «all the Russian athletes will be able to walk under the Russian flag.» According to IOC's ruling, only 'clean' athletes will be allowed to compete under the neutral «Olympic Athlete from Russia» (OAR) flag. The IOC made the announcement on Tuesday following an investigation into alleged Russian state-sponsored doping.

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