World Cup 2018 chair gets lifetime Olympics ban


But Haley said it's not a "done deal" that US athletes will be able to attend the Olympics.

A set of joint military exercises between the United States and South Korea are scheduled to take part during March next year, despite it coming within the "Olympic Truce" window which is supposed to exist for the entire period of the Olympics and Paralympics.

Nikki Haley says it's an "open question" whether USA athletes will be able to attend the Winter Olympics because of tensions with North Korea.

Dvorkovich did hit out at the IOC, saying its actions "actions pose a manifestation of disrespect to the Olympic Games", he said.

On December 5, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced its decision to suspend the Russian Olympic Committee, banning the national team from participating in the 2018 Olympic Games in South Korea's PyeongChang.

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The door was left open, however, for Russians to compete as an "Olympic Athlete of Russia" as long as they satisfy strict conditions that show they have a doping-free background.

Mr. Putin rejected the claims and said the ban was "politically motivated".

The IOC ruling allows clean athletes from Russian Federation to take part in the Games as neutrals. According to officials, he is not thinking now about his own disqualification, it is important to protect the interests of Russian athletes. He suggested that the using the issue as a means to influence the Russian presidential election in March.

Russian athletes will be able to compete under the Olympic flag and under the name "Olympic Athlete from Russia", but Russian uniforms, the country's flag and its anthem will all be absent - although IOC spokesman Mark Adams said on Wednesday that the flag could make a return at the closing ceremony if Russian athletes play ball during the Games. "But here, their country kind of went beyond what they needed to do to help their athletes improve their game". By the time athletes arrive in PyeongChang, representatives for the International Olympic Committee said they anticipate that some 20,000 tests will have been done, many of them given to Russian athletes after widespread drug use scandals at previous Games. The IOC last month stripped Zubkov of two bobsleigh gold medals he won in Sochi after finding he broke anti-doping rules, a decision he's appealing.

Yuri Nagornykh, who at the time of the offences being committed operated as Mutko's deputy, has also received a lifetime ban, while no Russian official will be accredited for next year's Games in South Korea.