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Putin orders alternative Olympic Games for banned athletes

Nellie Chapman | 01 February, 2018, 03:46

Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed hope that global sports organizations will not turn into departments of certain countries no matter how influential they may be.

Russian Federation was suspended by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) from participating in the February 9-25 Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea, amid far-reaching allegations of doping among the country's top athletes, including at the 2014 Winter Games, which Russian Federation hosted in Sochi.

Only 169 of Russia's athletes have been allowed to take part in the Games under a neutral flag as an "Olympic Athlete from Russia".

"I would like to wish you, whatever you think about anything that accompanies the preparations for the Olympic games recently, and didn't think about what I said, and focused on wrestling".

"Forgive us for not able to stay out of this", said Putin, stressing that Russian Federation has always supported the idea of a clean sport.

President Vladimir Putin has apologized to Olympic athletes over Russia's inability to protect them from the situation around the Games.

"We will do everything to support them", Putin said at a meeting with the athletes.

In the "Athletes and Teams" section of the site, the majority of OAR ice hockey players have profile pictures that were used for previous tournaments, with jerseys emblazoned with the Russian national tricolor.

"The ongoing United States support for inter-Korean rapprochement already appears to be showing cracks and will likely be seriously tested in the event of a major DPRK ICBM parade on the eve of the Olympics", says Chad O'Carroll, of Seoul-based consultancy firm Korea Risk Group.

"I believe that what happened with our colleagues who can not go to these Games is an egregious injustice", she said.

North Korea will reportedly showcase many long-range missiles before the start of the Olympics in South Korea as a tactic to scare the United States. "We will fight for them too".

South Korea will go ahead with other Winter Olympics projects with North Korea despite Pyongyang calling off a joint cultural performance that was less than a week away, a South Korean government official said today.