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Russia would allow athletes to compete at 2018 Winter Olympics under neutral flag: Vladimir Putin

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President Vladimir Putin has said Russia would allow athletes to compete at the 2018 Winter Olympics under a neutral flag, after the country was banned from the Games over a state-orchestrated doping programme. Mr Putin said this at Nizhny Novgorod.

There had been speculation Moscow could boycott the Games entirely after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Tuesday barred the country from competition over what its chief Thomas Bach described as Russia’s unprecedented attack on the integrity of the Olympic Games and sport. Clean Russian athletes would be allowed to compete under an Olympic flag, the IOC said.

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