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Winter Olympics: Ban on 47 Russian athletes and coaches upheld

09 February 2018

South Korean President Moon Jae-in wants to use his country's hosting of the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang to renew the inter-Korean relations that have become strained over the past ten years under two conservative governments.

Abe said before leaving for the Olympics he wanted to convey to the world that cooperation among the United States, Japan and South Korea on the North Korean threat "will not waver".

The 35,000-seater arena will host both the opening and closing ceremonies of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, which are being hosted just over a mile away, at the Alpesina ski resort. It has also suspended the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC).

U.S. Anti-Doping Agency chief executive Travis Tygart said the decision was a "a small glimmer of hope in an otherwise dark and sordid affair".

"The team keeps us pretty busy but we usually get to watch at least one other event and as we stay in the athletes village there is always members of other teams from all over the world to meet and chat with".

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"If you're a clean athlete you should compete".

As well as the 45 athletes, the ruling covers a luge coach and a skeleton coach.

The Olympic Athletes of Russia (OAR) will compete under the Olympic flag and the Olympic anthem will be played at any medal ceremonies they feature in.

"Everyone's good and everyone is playing their best and we clearly haven't brought our best yet so were going to try to go out and show them later today", Becca Hamilton said.

In the aftermath of that decision, the International Olympic Committee decided not to extend an invitation to those with overturned bans - saying the decision "had not lifted the suspicion of doping". "That was within the IOC's discretion, and they didn't exercise it arbitrarily".

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2 - The number of North Korean athletes who qualified for the Olympics on merit. You can't keep them out.' But Russian doesn't have an Olympic team.

This is the third Olympics (Vancouver 2010, Sochi 2014, now PyeongChang 2018) for Marnie Todd who works with Freestyle Canada as a registered massage therapist.

The IOC had been criticised in 2016 for not banning Russian from the Rio de Janeiro Games following the information provided by three whistleblowers who essentially exposed Russian doping.

US athletes praised the decision and the end to uncertainty of participation of some Russian athletes. At the 2014 Sochi Olympics, Team USA earned a bronze medal for the inaugural event. "It needs to be the same for every country", said U.S. bobsledder Nick Cunningham.

Read the six-time gold medalist's full letter to Thomas Bach. "If dirty athletes are taken out, then clean athletes will prevail".

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Winter Olympics: Ban on 47 Russian athletes and coaches upheld