Sofya Velikaya, Chairman of the Athletes' Commission of the Russian Olympic Committee, addresses the media after a meeting of athletes and officials in Moscow, Russia December 11, 2017. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov
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Russian athletes are overwhelmingly in favor of competing at the upcoming Pyeongchang Games despite a ban on the national team, the country's Olympic committee said Monday.Sofia Velikaya said the Russian Olympic Committee's athletes' commission, which she chairs, has heard from "all the athletes in all sports" on the Olympic program, with a majority in favor of competing.The International Olympic Committee last week barred the Russian team from Pyeongchang because of doping offenses at the 2014 Sochi Games, but is allowing Russians to compete under a neutral flag as "Olympic Athletes from Russia".Some Russian hard-liners believe it is shameful for athletes to compete at the Olympics without their national flag.Russia is pushing back on some IOC conditions, and backing appeals by Russian athletes banned for doping at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
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