"I as President of the ROC apologize for anti-doping rule violations that were committed in our country", — said Zhukov at the meeting of the IOC.
Zhukov drew the attention of the Executive Committee to the fact that now most affected are young athletes during the Olympic games in Sochi were not included in the national team.
"They cannot and should not be held responsible for the violations committed earlier, as well as to feel like outcasts on the big sports feast without a national identity, no national anthem, no flag," — said the head of the ROC.
As reported, on December 5 at the meeting in Lausanne (Switzerland), the IOC Executive Board decided to suspend the Russian team from participation in the Olympics in 2018 for anti-doping rule violations. To speak in Pyeongchang can only athletes who have proven its "purity". They will have the opportunity to compete under a neutral flag. Zhukov and the ROC was disqualified.
The Russian side is obliged to reimburse the costs of the investigation and to contribute $ 15 million in the establishment of an independent system test. A lifetime suspension from the Olympics has received Deputy Prime Minister, Vitaly Mutko and the former Deputy Minister of sports Yuri Nagornykh.
According to Zhukov, "Russian athletes invited to the Olympics to compete under a neutral flag and no anthem. However, this restriction only applies to the last day of the Olympics. And it is expected that the last day of the Olympics, all the temporary suspension of the Russian Olympic Committee will be removed, then the Russian athletes will be able to pass under the Russian flag along with all the athletes the rest of the world".
The head of the IOC Thomas Bach sees no reason for boycotting the Games from the Russian athletes. "A boycott will not achieve anything... Because we allow clean athletes to participate. It can demonstrate the existence of clean athletes in Russia. We believe that they can build bridges with the future of clean sport," he said.
Olympic winter games in Pyeongchang will be held from 9 to 25 February 2018.