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Senator says IOC ban in line with policy to contain Russia

December 06, 2017, 10:06 UTC+3 MOSCOW

According to Konstantin Kosachev, it would be unacceptable for the Russian team to participate in the Olympics under "the white flag"

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MOSCOW, December 6. /TASS/. The decision to ban Russia made by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is in line with the Western policy aimed at containing Moscow, Chairman of the Russian Federation Council (upper house of parliament) Committee for Foreign Affairs Konstantin Kosachev said.

"An odious decision. Without a doubt, it is part of the West’s policy to contain Russia," Kosachev wrote on Facebook on Wednesday. "They bought some traitors, choose some samples to retest and created a media hype. The IOC simply could not make any other decision, it was just forced to act this way," the Russian senator added.

According to Kosachev, it would be unacceptable for the Russian team to participate in the Olympics under "the white flag." "But to make a general decision prohibiting our athletes from taking part in a competition they have been looking forward to their entire lives, would be wrong and unfair. This is a situation when everyone should decide for themselves, while the country should show wisdom and support sports rather than politics," he said.

The senator also pointed out that Russian sports officials should be held personally accountable for that failure. "We may be mad with the West and we would have a point. But I am confident that our sports officials should be held personally accountable as they clearly missed the start of this campaign and did not manage to take effective steps at its finish," Kosachev noted.

On Tuesday, 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’s Pyeongchang. 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 accusations of systematic doping violations and questioned the objectivity of the IOC commissions.

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