Putin did not address the Olympic issue Tuesday. (Alexei Druzhinin, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
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The Kremlin needs to analyze the International Olympic Committee's ruling to bar Russia and its sports officials from the upcoming Pyeongchang Games before making any decisions regarding the country's participation, a spokesman for President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday.The IOC said Tuesday that it would invite only "Olympic Athletes from Russia" to compete under a neutral flag as punishment for the country's doping violations when it hosted the 2014 Sochi Games.Earlier, Russian lawmakers blamed local sports officials for not doing enough to stop the IOC ruling. The Olympic body's lead investigator concluded that members of the Russian government concocted a doping scheme at the 2014 Sochi Games.Wednesday, the Court of Arbitration for Sport said it has registered appeals by 22 Russian athletes against their disqualifications from the 2014 Sochi Olympics for doping.
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