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MOSCOW, December 8. /TASS/. The decision the International Olympic Committee (IOC) made about Russian athletes poses no threat to the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich said.
“I believe the situation [surrounding the 2018 World Cup – TASS] has not changed, this decision concerns only the 2018 Olympic Games and has nothing to do with the World Cup,” he said when asked if there were any risks for the Russia-hosted World Cup.
Dvorkovich declined to answer a question on how budget resources allocated for the national team’s participation in the 2018 Olympic Games would be used.
At the same time, the Russian deputy prime minister pointed out that there were various training programs for athletes. “Each federation together with the Sports Ministry will make a separate decision. In any case, there are a lot of various competitions,” he said.
On December 5, the IOC announced its decision to suspend the Russian Olympic Committee, banning the national team from participating in the 2018 Olympic Games in South Korea. The IOC accused Russia of systematic violations of anti-doping rules, particularly during the 2014 Sochi Olympics. At the same time, the IOC intends to respect the rights of clean athletes, allowing them to participate in the upcoming games as “Olympic Athletes of Russia.”
Russia’s authorities have many times rejected allegations concerning the existence of a state-sponsored doping system and questioned the objectivities of the IOC commissions investigating into the matter.
The Winter Olympic Games in South Korea’s PyeongChang will be held on February 9-25, 2018.
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