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President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Thomas Bach has expressed support for the changes in Russian sports. It quoted “R-Sport”.
“Russia was hit by sanctions, about it do not write in history books about the Olympics-2018. Now we are ready to take Russia back to support all the reforms which it has performed and is performing,” said Bach at a press conference following the meeting of the IOC Executive Board in Lausanne.
On 28 February it became known that the IOC restored the membership of the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC). “All test results of our athletes showed their “purity”. Procedural Russia to do nothing, restore the membership of the ROC happened automatically, the IOC has no complaints,” said then IOC member Shamil Tarpischev.
The ROC membership in the IOC was suspended on 5 December 2017 following the results of investigation of doping frauds in the Russian sport. He was then suspended from participation in the Olympic games 2018 and the national team. In Pyeongchang went only to athletes invited by the IOC. Russian athletes competed under the Olympic flag in the special status of “Olympic athletes of Russia”.
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