Alex Ovechkin hopes to see Russian hockey team at Olympics

07 December, 2017, 16:26 | Author: Leticia Walters
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"As the president said yesterday while expressing his view of the situation surrounding the IOC's decision, the reason is that there are still a lot of unanswered questions".

"There's an open question".

But Haley said it's not a "done deal" that US athletes will be able to attend the Olympics.

"What we will do is make sure that we are taking every precaution possible, to make sure that they are safe". "I have not heard anything about that, but I do know in the talks that we have - whether it's Jerusalem or North Korea - it's about, how do we protect the USA citizens in the area?"

The US flew a supersonic bomber over South Korea today as part of a week-long set of military exercises meant to send a strong warning to North Korea - which has in turn carried out intercontinental ballistic missile tests.

Then, on Monday, the United States began military drills with South Korea that were to include simulated strikes on the North's nuclear and missile sites, leading Pyongyang to accuse Washington of pushing the peninsula "to the brink of nuclear war".

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French Sports Minister Laura Flessel has already warned that if the crisis deepened and "our security can not be assured, the French Olympics team will stay at home".

NHL players aren't going to the Olympics for the first time since 1994, and a team of Russian players would be considered one of the favorites in the men's hockey tournament. Those athletes, who would compete in neutral uniforms, would not see their country's flag or hear it's national anthem at the Games.

Russian state TV channels have said the allegations are an anti-Russia witch hunt and have pushed the #NoRussiaNoGames hashtag.

In the weeks ahead of Tuesday's IOC decision, more than 20 Russian athletes who competed at the Sochi Games were handed Olympic life bans for having allegedly violated anti-doping rules.

"With the Olympic Truce resolution, the UN General Assembly is creating the conditions for all athletes to compete in peace".

They will, however, have strong cases to have their lifetime Olympic bans lifted.

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