Switzerland: ‘They took out the heavy artillery’ — World skiers react to Russian Olympics ban

Athletes from various countries commented on the International Olympic Commission's (IOC) decision to ban Russia from participating in the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, during their training in Davos on Wednesday. Canadian cross-country skiing World Champion Alex Harvey said the IOC «took out the heavy artillery,» referring to Russian skiers. Norwegian cross-country skier... Еще Astrid Uhrenholdt Jacobsen commended the IOC for taking a stance against «systematic doping,» while stressing the need for «clean» athletes to still be able to join the Olympics. USA cross-country skier Liz Stephen said that «this is not a personal vendetta against any personal Russian, this is about the whole system and what the athletes end up being a part of.» On Tuesday, the IOC made the announcement that only 'clean' athletes will be allowed to compete under the neutral «Olympic Athlete from Russia» (OAR) flag, following an investigation into alleged Russian state-sponsored doping.

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