Russian skiers have decided to take part in the Olympic games in 2018. This was announced by the head of the Federation of ski races of Russia (FLGR) Elena Vyalbe, quoted “R-Sport”.
“Yes, there was a vote. It is the athletes themselves held an internal vote and decided that our team in cross-country skiing going to the Olympics,” said Vyalbe.
Athletes will perform at the Games in a neutral status.
On 5 December the Executive Committee of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has suspended the national team of Russia from participation in the Olympic games in Pyeongchang for violating anti-doping rules. To speak in Pyeongchang can only athletes who have proven its “purity”. The Olympic Committee of Russia (OKR) and its head Alexander Zhukov was disqualified.
According to the findings of an investigation into doping in Russian sports, the IOC stripped medals Sochi 2014 two skiers: Alexei passenger cars (gold) and Maxim Vylegzhanin (two silver). Also was disqualified Evgeny Belov, Julia Ivanova, Evgenia Shapovalova, Alexey Petukhov. In November, the Russian team lost 10 medals and lost first place in the team standings.
The Olympic games will be held in Pyeongchang from 9 to 25 February 2018.