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Eighty Russians to participate in opening ceremony of 2018 Olympics

February 08, 10:04 UTC+3 PYEONGCHANG

The IOC allowed clean athletes to participate in the upcoming games as "Olympic Athletes of Russia"

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PYEONGCHANG /South Korea/, February 8. /TASS/. Eighty members of the delegation of Olympic athletes from Russia will participate in the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in South Korea’s PyeongChang, the delegation’s head Stanislav Pozdnyakov told reporters.

"At the moment, our delegation comprises 168 athletes, almost all of them have already arrived," he said. "All athletes are happy to compete at the Games. We are grateful to the organizing committee for providing us with comfortable accommodation and conditions for training. Experienced athletes have commended the high level of organization," the delegation’s head added.

"Eighty members of our delegation will take part in the opening ceremony," Pozdnyakov noted.

On December 5, 2017, the International Olympic Committee (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 allowed clean athletes to participate in the upcoming games as "Olympic Athletes of Russia." A volunteer chosen by the organizing committee will carry the Olympic flag for their delegation at the Olympic opening ceremony, scheduled to take place on February 9.

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