– The international Olympic Committee (IOC) may prohibit the participation of Russian athletes in the opening ceremony of the winter Olympic games 2018 in Pyeongchang (South Korea) and the singing of the national anthem, reports the New York Times, citing sources.
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“Senior officials of the International Olympic Committee are considering a number of possible penalties against Russia for the violation of doping, including a ban on the performance of the national anthem at the upcoming Olympic games and the suspension of the delegation of athletes from the opening ceremony,” – said the source publication.
According to them, they are also “considering the possibility of participation of Russian athletes under a neutral flag or the opportunity to speak in a neutral form.”
“The IOC is unlikely to impose a total ban on the participation of Russia (in the Olympics -2018 – if), though it could involve considerable financial penalties, to debar the athletes and officials who believed to have been involved in doping scheme, and removed any mention of Russia at the games,” said the sources, who wished to remain anonymous.