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Volume 10 No. 25
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Rights Of Clean Olympic Athletes Have Been 'Undermined,' Anti-Doping Agencies Claim

The rights of clean athletes at next month's Winter Olympics have been "undermined" by the "failure to confirm the criteria for neutral Russian competitors," anti-doping agencies said, according to the BBC. Russians were banned from PyeongChang 2018 by the IOC in December -- but "those who can prove they are clean would be allowed to compete under a neutral flag." The IOC is "yet to publish conditions for a neutral athlete" with the Games in South Korea three weeks away. A letter signed by UK Anti-Doping and 19 other national anti-doping bodies said, "The failure to announce these criteria and reach a decision more promptly is a missed opportunity that has undermined the rights of clean athletes" (BBC, 1/18).