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2018 Winter Olympics: Seoul urges Russian athletes to attend under neutral flag

IANS  |  Seoul 

ON Thursday urged Russian athletes to compete in the PyeongChang 2018 under a neutral flag, after the (IOC) vetoed the country's participation over doping charges.

Seoul expects many Russian athletes to participate, the Ministry of Culture, and Tourism said in a statement Thursday, adding that the participation of Russian athletes would contribute significantly to the success of PyeongChang 2018, reports Efe.

The had decided Tuesday to veto the Russian for state-sponsored doping, although it left the door open for its athletes to participate under a neutral flag.

President Vladimir Putin had said on Wednesday Russia will not boycott the games -- that begins February 9 in PyeongChang -- over the decision.

Possible absence of athletes from Russia, a major country in winter sports, along with security fears over North Korea's continuous weapons tests, could further affect sale of tickets, only 52 per cent of which were sold until November 26.



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First Published: Thu, December 07 2017. 13:12 IST