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Russian Olympians deserve to compete under national flag — French ski legend Killy

December 06, 7:13 UTC+3 PARIS

"Nothing in the report by Richard McLaren [Canadian lawyer, who accuses Russia of doping violations] proves that state support for doping exists in Russia," he said

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PARIS, December 6. /TASS/. Russian athletes must be allowed to compete under the national flag during the 2018 Olympic Games in South Korea’s PyeongChang, said French alpine ski legend and International Olympic Committee’s honorary member Jean-Claude Killy.

"Nothing in the report by Richard McLaren [Canadian lawyer, who accuses Russia of doping violations] proves that state support for doping exists in Russia," the three-time Olympic champion said in an interview with the France Inter radio. "At least, I have no such information."

"Clean athletes must not be prevented from competing in PyeongChang under their country’s flag," Killy continued. "Otherwise, it would be outrageously unfair."

The IOC announced on Tuesday its decision to suspend membership of the Russian Olympic Committee, effectively banning the Russian national team from taking part in the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in South Korea’s PyeongChang. Doping-free athletes from Russia were permitted to compete in the status of neutral athletes.

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