Russia mull separate Games for banned athletes

Duma’s lawmakers deliberate over response to IOC

16:39 December 9, 2017

Moscow: Russia may organise an alternative tournament to the 2018 Winter Olympics for athletes who decide against participating in South Koreas’ Games under the neutral-flag status, Alexander Zhukov, Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) president has said.

Lawmakers from the State Duma, the Russian parliament’s lower house, are currently hashing over a response to this week’s IOC Executive Board’s ruling to bar the Russian national team from the 2018 Winter Olympics as well as to suspend a number of Russian sports officials, reports Tass news agency. “We probably need to organise alternative competitions and render all the necessary support to athletes, who would decide against going to the Olympics (under the neutral status),” Zhukov said addressing debates at the State Duma on Friday.