Russian athletes appeal against IOC's Olympic bans, court says

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"We have to say straight out, we ourselves are partly to blame, because it gave grounds for this", Putin said.

After the McLaren report, Putin ordered officials to set up a new anti-doping body, while maintaining there was no state-run program of cheating.

"What matters is that the commission wrote in its conclusions that there was no system of state support of doping in Russian Federation".

Nevertheless, the IOC President Thomas Bach "left the door open for Russia" by allowing athletes to participate in some form, even with the word "Russia" on their uniforms, the newspaper wrote.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) did not impose a blanket ban on Russian Federation ahead of the Rio 2016 Summer Games but said on Tuesday that the evidence unearthed by the Schmid Commission made the doping situation impossible to dispute.

Elite figure skater Evgenia Medvedeva, one of Russia's most famous athletes and the reigning world champion, vented the frustrations of many would-be Olympians who say they thought they were doing enough by being "clean".

The IOC stripped 29 weightlifting medals after 49 positive tests, most involving steroids, came back from reanalysis of the 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Olympics.

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"No official of the Russian Ministry of Sport will be accredited for the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018", Bach said. Only athletes with no doping record will be permitted to compete. "We definitely have to go", he told Russian media after the International Olympic Committee decision.

"Throughout history, there were so many things we had to endure from our 'partners, ' " Zakharova said.

However, Pyotr Tolstoy, deputy speaker of the State Duma, the Russian parliament's lower house, has called for a boycott.

The IOC also made a decision to suspend Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) president Alexander Zhukov as an IOC member, while Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko, sports minister at the time of the Sochi Games, was also banned from any future participation at the Olympics. There were no flawless options, but this decision will clearly make it less likely that this ever happens again.

It said the IOC's actions proved that "you can destroy a whole Olympic country on the basis of indirect evidence and a single witness who was under a criminal investigation and has been treated in a psychiatric hospital".

If Russian athletes skip Pyeongchang, it will mark the first time the Olympic superpower did not compete since 1984, when the Soviet Union rallied 14 communist countries in a boycott of the Los Angeles Olympics in response to an American-led protest of the 1980 games in Moscow. Unbeaten in two years, Medvedeva is the clear favorite for women's skating gold and in a sport where careers are short, "I don't know if I'll have another Games in my life after Pyeongchang", she told the board.

Whether or not they compete under their own flag, ski jumping and Nordic combined seem unlikely to result in any medals for Russians. "I can't just throw it all away", he said, the Russian-language news site Meduza reported.