Putin states Russia will not boycott PyeongChang Winter Games
A man walks in front of the Olympic rings outside the building of the Russian Olympic Committee in Moscow, Russia, Dec 6, 2017.EFE-EPA/SERGEI ILNITSKY
- The Doping Control Station in the Laura Biathlon Center during the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia, Feb 21, 2014 (reissued Dec 5, 2017). The International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Dec 5 2017 announced that the Russian Olympic Committee has been banned from the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, following an investigation into allegations of state-sponsored doping at the Sochi 2014 Olympics. EFE-EPA(FILE)/HENDRIK SCHMIDT
A man walks past the logo of the Russian Olympic Committee at its headquarters in Moscow, Russia, 06 December 2017. EFE-EPA/SERGEI ILNITSKY
Moscow, Dec 6 (EFE).- The Russian president, Vladímir Putin, said on Wednesday that Russia would not boycott South Korea's PyeongChang Winter Games after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) banned Russia's National Olympic team from attending the games.
Putin stated that "Without any doubt, we will not declare any kind of blockade" and added, "We will not block our Olympians from taking part if any of them wish to take part as individuals".
Putin also said that Russia was partly to blame for its banning from the Winter Games but described the IOC decision as a "collective punishment".EFE