Russian athletes cleared to compete under neutral flag

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The IOC refusals for some are separate from the doping bans for 43 Russian athletes because of what the Olympic body ruled was a doping program and coverup at the Sochi Games.

"I hope that the International Olympic Committee will ultimately declare their reason for my exclusion, so I will be able to defend my honor and dignity", he added.

The IOC hasn't confirmed which Russians will be invited to compete in Pyeongchang, and hasn't explained any individual decisions. "I'm still waiting, but if the situation is not resolved we will take action".

The IOC banned Russian Federation last month from PyeongChang over "systematic manipulation" of the anti-doping system at the 2014 Sochi Games.

The document adds that the only exception to the policy is that participants can display Russian flags in the bedrooms of their accommodation at the Olympics as long as they are not visible from outside.

Kelly Clark (snowboarding) and Kikkan Randall (cross-country skiing) will become the first female five-time U.S. Olympians at the Winter Games, while Davis becomes the first U.S. speedskater to compete in five Olympics.

Most Olympic experience: Kikkan Randall (cross-country skiing) and Kelly Clark (snowboard halfpipe) are going to compete in their fifth Olympics, a record for a US female athlete.

Ahn's views were echoed by fellow Team Russia athletes, cross country skiing duo Alexander Legkov and Nikita Kryukov, in interviews given to RT.

Her Excellency will also cheer on Canadian athletes during the first days of the competition as they write another chapter in our country's rich sports history.

"We hope for a reasonable decision because we are right".

"The saddest thing would be if we remain unheard".

The Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) initially included 500 athletes in its Olympic application for participation at PyeongChang, which was sent to the IOC last week.

The invitations were issued following an OAR delegation registration meeting in Pyeongchang.

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