Switzerland: 'We can't be deprived of our flag' — coaches react to Russia Olympic ban

Russian athletics coaches reacted to the IOC's decision to ban the Russian team from the 2018 Winter Olympic Games saying that sportspeople «can't be deprived from the motherland and from the flag», in Davos, on Tuesday. Assistant coach Egor Sorin said that although the athletes knew that such a ban was possible, they did not fully realise the consequences. He also added that clean sportsmen... Еще, who are allowed to compete «will make a decision if the Olympics can exist without the country, without a flag, without an anthem.» Russian team coach Yuri Borodavko also shared his thoughts saying, «we must turn the page, gather ourselves and go the way that we have outlined to prepare for the Olympics.» He added that clean sportsmen who «thirst for competition and victories» are ready to compete under any flag, as they always have Russia “in their hearts.” The IOC made the announcement on Tuesday, following an investigation into alleged Russian state-sponsored doping. According to IOC's ruling, only 'clean' athletes will be allowed to compete under the neutral «Olympic Athlete from Russia» (OAR) flag.

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