Russian Federation says humiliating to go to Olympics without flag: RIA


On Thursday, the WADA Foundation Board held a meeting in Seoul.

"We are preparing for the Olympic Games", he added.

Russia's deputy prime minister Vitaly Mutko said that it would be unacceptable and humiliating for Russian Federation to take part in the Winter Olympics in South Korea without the national flag and anthem, RIA news agency reported on Friday. According to a senior official, the state is aware of current problems. It is noted that in case of failure of RUSADA WADA road map, a number of Russian athletes may lose the right to compete at the Olympic games 2018 in Pyeongchang (South Korea). Russian officials have continued to refuse to accept the findings of state-sponsored doping and are still refusing to allow inspectors into Rusada's Moscow laboratory.

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Russian authorities deny there was a state-backed doping program, but have pledged to follow worldwide recommendations to get the suspension lifted.

"Western manipulators are abusing their influence over worldwide organizations and playing on our nerves" by leaving Russian participation in doubt, Mikhail Degtyarev, head of the sports, youth and tourism committee in the Duma, said, according to the Sport Express newspaper.

Russian Sports Minister Pavel Kolobkov also said "there is such an impression that the decision had been taken beforehand". The team finished in 11th place in the medal table, its worst performance since the collapse of the Soviet Union.