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Russian Olympic Committee To Support Athletes Who Compete As Neutrals

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 12 / 13 / 17

The Russian Olympic Committee agreed on Tuesday to "support its athletes who choose to compete" at PyeongChang 2018 as neutrals following a ban on the Russian national team, according to Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber of REUTERS. The IOC last week banned Russia from the Games, but it "left th...

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