Vladimir Putin to Russian athletes: Ignore doping scandals at Olympics

01 February, 2018, 00:29 | Author: Essie Rivera
  • The captain of the Canadian women's hockey team during a training session in Calgary

The U.S. Olympic Committee says this year's squad is also its most diverse for a Winter Games.

Pyongyang has responded that such South Korean reports were disrespectful to the North's honest efforts toward participating in the Winter Olympics, according to a Unification Ministry source. South Korea's Defense Ministry has interpreted this to mean North Korea was planning a military parade.

Enter Discovery Communications' Eurosport, who is bringing 50 hours of live coverage of the Winter Olympics happening at PyeongChang, South Korean, between the 9-25 February, to Windows Mixed Reality headsets.

The IOC decided last month to ban Russian Federation from competing in PyeongChang as part of a wide range of sanctions against the country's "systemic manipulation of the anti-doping system".

Pyeongchang 2018 remain confident the spectacle at the open-air venue will take place before a packed crowd, however.

Senior International Olympic Committee (IOC) official Christophe Dubi has warned Pyeongchang 2018 need a "last push" on ticket sales after it was revealed only 74 per cent have been sold with just over a week before the Opening Ceremony.

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The estimated cost of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics is $10 billion, five times less than the 2014 Sochi Olympics, which were estimated to be the costliest ever.

However, the decision of Pyongyang to cancel the joint performance, scheduled to be held in the North Korean territory of Mount Kumgang, will act as a dampener. You are part of a great team to which everybody belongs.

"It's North Korea's responsibility to show its sincerity".

Despite the Committee's statement, promising that "clean" athletes will be able to participate in the Games, a number of leading Russian athletes received invitations to the competition. It includes the first two African-American Olympic female speedskaters (Biney and Erin Jackson), the first African-American hockey player (Jordan Greenway) and the first two openly gay male athletes (freeskier Gus Kenworthy and figure skater Adam Rippon).

North Korea and South Korea will march together under one flag during the opening ceremonies.

North Korea's army has scaled back annual winter military exercises this year, the Wall Street Journal reported Monday, citing unidentified US officials familiar with intelligence reports.

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