Sport US expects to participate in Winter Olympics - White House

22:52  07 december  2017
22:52  07 december  2017 Source:   Reuters

Russians will compete as neutral athletes in Korea

  Russians will compete as neutral athletes in Korea LAUSANNE – Russians won’t compete in the Pyeongchang Olympics under their own flag, if they compete at all, following a decision from the International Olympic Committee on Tuesday. The IOC’s executive board announced that it has suspended the Russian Olympic Committee, a move that effectively bans the country almost two months before the opening of the Games, but created a path for individuals to compete as neutral athletes. Russian officials have said the country would boycott if the IOC adopted such a decision, one that was supported by more than three dozen national anti-doping organizations. The IOC sanctioned the country for running a state-sponsored doping system, one which undermined the 2014 Sochi Olympics. The collective action comes as an IOC commission has disqualified 25 Russian athletes from Sochi, resulting in the loss of 11 medals. That commission, chaired by IOC member Denis Oswald, was tasked with handling individual cases. The IOC received a report from Samuel Schmid, whose commission was tasked with examining the system, before issuing its decision. It did not immediately release the contents of the report. But in the first reasoned decision released by the Oswald Commission, it accepted the findings in a report from Canadian lawyer Richard McLaren. His report last year revealed state-sponsored doping in Russia that included sample tampering during the Sochi Olympics.

WASHINGTON, Dec 7 (Reuters) - White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders on Thursday said the United States looks forward to participating in the Olympics Winter Games in South Korea in 2018, after questions arose about security in the neighbor to North Korea

REUTERS. Pyeongchang in a cold sweat over freezing opening ceremony. White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders on Thursday said the United States looks forward to participating in the Olympic Winter Games in South Korea in February

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders points to a reporter's question during the daily press briefing at the White House on Dec. 7, 2017 in Washington. © AP Photo/Alex Brandon White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders points to a reporter's question during the daily press briefing at the White House on Dec. 7, 2017 in Washington.

WASHINGTON -- White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders on Thursday said the United States looks forward to participating in the Olympic Winter Games in South Korea in February, after questions arose about security in the neighbor to North Korea, which has recently ramped up weapons testing.

"The U.S. looks forward to participating in the Winter Olympics in South Korea," Sanders wrote in a tweet. "The protection of Americans is our top priority and we are engaged with the South Koreans and other partner nations to secure the venues."

United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley had cast doubt over whether athletes representing the country would participate in the Olympics, telling Fox News on Wednesday that the United States is concerned about its citizens,

When asked Thursday at the regular White House press briefing, Sanders said "no official decision has been made" about participation and the decision would come closer to the games' start date, Feb. 9. She also said the decision would be reached through a process involving multiple agencies, where President Donald Trump would "certainly weigh in." 

Russian Olympic Committee expects 200 to compete in SKorea .
Despite Russia's ban from the upcoming Olympics, officials in the country still expect more than 200 of their athletes to compete at the Pyeongchang Games. Under International Olympic Committee sanctions announced last week, all Russians must compete under the Olympic flag as "Olympic Athletes from Russia.""Potentially more than 200 athletes are in a position to qualify," ROC president Alexander Zhukov said after the organization held a closed congress on Tuesday.The decision to ban Russia came after the country was found to have run a sophisticated doping program at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

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