Switzerland: Former Russian star athletes speak out ahead of IOC decision

Former Russian athletes Alexander Zubkov and Elena Valbe shared their thoughts about the International Olympic Committee hearing, ahead of the decision on whether Russian athletes can take part in the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics, in Lausanne on Tuesday. «Firstly, I don't understand what we should brace ourselves for, especially us sportsmen whose guilt has not been proven, only questions... Еще, only unproven documents and papers which have been presented by an unknown person,» said former bobsledder Alexander Zubkov. «I don't know what we're guilty of and why we need a court hearing, what are the sportsmen guilty of? The accusations all come from one person, it would probably be very unfair in any court,» said former Russian cross country skier Elena Valbe. The verdict was announced during a press conference by the IOC President Thomas Bach at the Beaulieu Convention Centre in Lausanne at 19:30 local time, where the IOC barred Russia from participating in the 2018 Winter Olympics, only allowing Russian athletes to compete neutrally.

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