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Human rights commissioner condemns IOC’s ‘biased’ ruling against Team Russia

December 06, 2017, 10:51 UTC+3 MOSCOW

Human rights, sports and culture have always been beyond politics, Tatyana Moskalkova said

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MOSCOW, December 6. /TASS/. Russian Human Rights Commissioner Tatyana Moskalkova regards the decision made by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to ban the Russian national team from the 2018 Olympic Games as discriminatory and unjustified, she told TASS on Wednesday.

"The IOC’s decision is discriminatory, unjustified and disrespecting the national dignity of our country," she said.

"Human rights, sports and culture have always been beyond politics. It is hard to imagine the negative consequences to which abandonment of this basic principle may lead," Moskalkova noted.

On Tuesday, December 5, the IOC decided to suspend membership of the Russian Olympic Committee, which bars the Russian national team from performing at the PyeongChang 2018 Olympics under the national flag. The IOC accused Russia of systematic doping violations, in particular at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi. That said, the IOC indents to observe the rights of clean athletes: athletes who match the proposed criteria will perform at the Games in the status of an Olympic athlete from Russia.

The Russian leadership refuted allegations of systematic use of doping in domestic sports numerous times and doubted the objectiveness of the IOC commission.

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