Sport US expects to participate in Winter Olympics - White House

22:52  07 december  2017
22:52  07 december  2017 Source:   reuters.com

5 more Russians disqualified for doping at Sochi Olympics

  5 more Russians disqualified for doping at Sochi Olympics Another five Russians were disqualified for doping at the Sochi Winter Olympics on Monday, among them winners of gold and silver medals. They bring to 19 the number of Russians who have committed anti-doping violations, and 12 medals stripped from 10 athletes.The latest cases involved Aleksei Negodailo and Dmitrii Trunenkov, members of the gold medal-winning four-man bobsled; Yana Romanova, the silver medalist in the 4x6-kilometer women's biathlon relay; Olga Vilukhina, the silver medalist in the same relay and 7.5-kilometer biathlon; and Sergei Chudinov, who was fifth in skeleton.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - 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 neighbour to North Korea

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – 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

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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