The head of the IOC praised the punishment of the Russian national team

Thomas Bach

President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Thomas Bach said that the decision on dismissal of the national team of Russia on winter Olympic games 2018 in Pyeongchang adequate. The words of the functionary leads Inside the Games.

“The IOC made the decision based on the situation. It is not a compromise. We have repeatedly stressed that the IOC Executive Board will adopt a free and independent decision, which is what happened. We felt no pressure from any side,” said Bach.

According to the functionary, the IOC will take all the costs of participation of Russians in the Olympics in 2018 under the neutral flag. “If the IOC invites the athletes that we cover their expenses. Russian athletes will be treated as any other athletes participating in the tournament. They will be posted for free will eat free of charge will be paid part of the accompanying staff,” he added.

On December 5, the IOC Executive Board suspended the national team of Russia from participation in the Olympics in 2018. To speak can only athletes who have proven their innocence to doping fraud. They will be eligible to compete under a neutral flag both in team and individual sports. The IOC has not yet decided whether to allow athletes to use Russian symbols at the Olympic sites.