Published: Thu, February 01, 2018
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S.Korea says will begin joint training at N.Korean ski resort

S.Korea says will begin joint training at N.Korean ski resort

Graf said the exclusion of several teammates would prevent "Olympic Athletes from Russia", the term used by the IOC to designate Russian competitors at the Games, from contending for a medal in the team pursuit event.

"Forgive us for failing to protect you from this". However, Putin said Russian Federation would continue to work with worldwide sports organizations.

Putin said that should the Olympic movement lose its important component of uniting countries, everything will lose its meaning.

He said the North Korean skiers who travel to South Korea on Thursday will head to the athletes' village in Gangneung, a coastal city that will host the skating, hockey and curling competitions during the Olympics.

South Korean Minister of Unification Cho Myoung Gyon assured that the parade would not interfere with joint Olympic efforts, describing it as an "internal North Korean event".

South Korea will go ahead with other Winter Olympics projects with North Korea despite Pyongyang calling off a joint cultural performance that was less than a week away, a South Korean government official said on Tuesday (Jan 30).

The International Olympic Committee banned Russian Federation from next month's event in South Korea after a report on a vast Moscow-backed doping scheme in previous Games.

It was also reported that Christophe Dubi, the Olympic Games executive director for the IOC, said a "last push is needed" to reach the ticket sales goal.

Russian athletes disqualified from the Olympics for life in the Sochi doping scandal will have their appeal verdicts announced on Thursday.

Russian Federation banned from taking part at Pyeongchang 2018 under their own flag and will compete as the Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation - or OAR. They took testimony from Russian whistleblower Grigory Rodchenkov and World Anti-Doping Agency investigator Richard McLaren, who did not attend in person.

The IOC, however, left the door open for Russian athletes with a clean history of non-doping to be invited to compete in Pyeongchang as neutrals.

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