The South Korean authorities expressed regret in connection with the decision of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to reject Games in 2018 in Pyeongchang, the Russian national team. However, Seoul has expressed hope that Russian athletes will take part in the competition.
The Ministry of culture, sports and tourism of the Republic of Korea stated that the Games should be a valuable opportunity to strengthen the deep friendly relations between Korea and Russia.
“The government of the Republic of Korea expects the participation of many athletes from Russia who have demonstrated outstanding performance in previous Games, and that will make a significant contribution to the success of the Olympic games”, – stated in the message Department.
Earlier, the head of the IOC Thomas Bach announced that the organization will take care of all expenses for participation of Russian athletes in the Games. However, before the Olympics allow only those Russians who can prove his innocence to the “state system” of doping in Russia.
Let’s remind, that on this basis, Russia was suspended from the Olympics. The President of Russia Vladimir Putin stated that the Russian authorities will not interfere with athletes who want to play in competitions under a neutral flag.