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Russia Winter Olympic ban is controversial, says sports minister

IANS  |  Moscow 

The decision of the to bar the Russian national team from taking part in the 2018 is "controversial," Russian Minister Pavel Kolobkov said.

"The decision is controversial...Fair competition has always remained the basis for developing in our country. However, it will be too early to give detailed comments before official documents regarding the results of the IOC board meeting are scrutinised," Kolobkov said on Tuesday, reports Xinhua news agency.

Igor Lebedev, deputy Speaker of the lower house of the Russian parliament, said that must refuse to participate in 2018 as competing under a neutral flag will be a humiliation for the country.

The IOC announced on Tuesday its decision to ban the Russian national team from taking part in the 2018 Winter over multiple doping abuse allegations.

However, IOC stated that doping-free athletes from could still be able to compete at PyeongChang Games as neutral athletes, be in uniforms bearing the name "Olympic Athlete from Russia" under the Olympic Flag, and that the Olympic Anthem would be played in any award ceremony.

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First Published: Wed, December 06 2017. 14:02 IST
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