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Kremlin regrets CAS ban on Russian athletes

IANS  |  Moscow 

The Kremlin on Friday regretted the (CAS) verdict to bar 47 Russian athletes from the PyeongChang Winter Olympics, saying it will continue to furnish support for the athletes in safeguarding their rights, Russian Dmitry said.

"As for the CAS's decision, we certainly regret it...

It goes without saying that we will go ahead with support for our athletes in defending their rights," said, as quoted by news agency.

In his opinion, "this is not the right moment for pronouncing some loud statements about reforming (the and the World Anti-Doping Agency).

"It is most important to support our athletes: those who have stayed at home and those who went to and will be competing there. This is obviously our main task," he added.

said he was confident that alternative 'Games' would be successfully held for domestic athletes barred from the 2018 Winter in South Korea's PyeongChang.

Responding to journalists' questions, the reminded them of the statement by Russian in which he instructed the government to address the issue of arranging the Games for domestic athletes barred from the PyeongChang

"In his instruction, the also spoke about the prize money for the Olympians (for participants in the alternative competitions)," said.

declined to comment about the sources of financing for the alternative 'Games' for the domestic athletes.

may organise a tournament alternative to the 2018 in in March, Russian said on Thursday.

"I believe the tournament will be held after the 2018 Olympics, in March, in various cities."

The Russian said the alternative 'Games' would be open and invitations would be extended to foreign athletes and a prize money fund would be established just like at

"Of course, the tournament will see the participation of our athletes who were not invited to the Olympics," Mutko said, adding that would prepare by March to hold the tournament.

On December 5, the announced its decision to suspend the whole Russian national team from taking part in the 2018 in South Korea's PyeongChang over multiple doping abuse allegations.

The IOC, however, stated that doping-free athletes from might go to under the classification of neutral athletes, or the OAR status, which stands for 'Olympic Athlete from '

The IOC reserved the right to the final word in regard to Russian athletes, who will go to PyeongChang under the neutral status.

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First Published: Fri, February 09 2018. 18:04 IST
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