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Russian Olympic Committee approves competing as neutrals

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Posted at 5:45 AM, Dec 12, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-12 05:45:55-05

The Russian Olympic Committee has formally given its blessing for the country's athletes to compete under a neutral flag at the upcoming Pyeongchang Games.

Under International Olympic Committee sanctions announced last week in response to Russian doping at the 2014 Sochi Games, Russians will compete under the Olympic flag as "Olympic Athletes from Russia."

ROC president Alexander Zhukov says "the opinion of all taking part was united, and that was that our athletes need to go to South Korea, compete and win."

Some Russians will formally be invited by the IOC as individual athletes, though the ROC will submit rosters of its preferred teams.

Russian President Vladimir Putin gave his backing last week.