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Russians could still boycott Winter Olympics

A final decision on whether Russian athletes will compete under a neutral flag at the 2018 Winter Olympics will be made next week. The International Olympic Committee says Russian sports federations and athletes will meet on 12 December. The Russian Olympic Committee was banned from the Pyeongchang Games by the IOC on Tuesday for doping offences. But IOC president Thomas Bach said he hoped clean athletes would “seize the opportunity” to compete in South Korea. Russian President Vladimir Putin has already said the state will not stand in the way…

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Letting clean Russians compete is right – GB bobsleigher Jackson

Allowing clean Russians to compete at the Winter Olympics under a neutral flag is “fair and justifiable”, says former Great Britain bobsleigher John Jackson. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) banned Russia from February’s Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea on Tuesday after an investigation into allegations of state-sponsored doping at Sochi 2014. But athletes who can prove they are clean will be allowed to compete under a neutral flag as an ‘Olympic Athlete from Russia’ (OAR). “It’s right not to allow Russia to compete but allow the clean Russian athletes to…

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Putin: Patriotic Russians may be involved in hacking

Russian President Vladimir Putin has suggested “patriotic” Russian citizens might be engaged in hacking. Such individuals might be joining “the justified fight against those speaking ill of Russia,” he said. Like “artists” who get up and paint all day, he added, hackers spend their day attacking adversaries, he added. Mr Putin also denied once again that his administration hacked the US election last year. He added that this activity was “never” carried out at the government level and he expressed his belief that hackers could not influence voters’ minds. Some…

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