"I can't make the option in which I would act at the Olympic games flag of Russia, as a neutral athlete. I am proud of my country, a great honor for me to represent it at the Games. It gives strength and inspires me during performances," — said the skater Evgenia Medvedeva.
"Don't know how to react to other athletes, but I'm not prepared for a lot of years to go by and not act for their country. To go to the Olympics just to go, it's like a sport", — said the ski jumper Irina avvakumova.
"The IOC did everything they could do with such harassment. They made our clean athletes under its own flag. The Russian athletes have to go under the flag of the IOC, which will be written that this Russian sportsmen" — sure, figure skating coach Tatiana Tarasova.
"Of course, it's hard. I was going to go, I was prepared, moreover, a year ago got injured after the Olympics was going to end his career. And here she is deprived. I have a mess in my head. But while it is better not to think. It'll take some time, wait for the statements," — said the bronze medalist of Sochi 2014 freestyle Alexander Smyshlyaev.
"I beg you not to blame the guys who decide to compete under a neutral flag. We know that they are Russians, and we should support them", — said the double Olympic champion on biathlon Sergey Chepikov.
"To go to the Olympics it is necessary! To give up means to surrender! — said hockey player Ilya Kovalchuk. — All perfectly understand that the IOC decision is pure politics. The decision to go to unite the country".
The vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva has called for Russian athletes not to give up and to compete at the Olympics: "As I understand it, in the close Games this whole situation must be completed. Our team will be able to leave under its own flag at the closing ceremony. The IOC will thus tell the whole world — history is closed, the athletes of the Russian Federation all rechecked, no state support. This could be the culmination of all this doping Saga around our country, a positive moment in this situation. Addressing the athletes, I want to say that they in any case did not despair, continued to prepare for the Games".
"All went to the fact that our athletes will admit to the Olympics in neutral status, said Thassa, the head of the bobsleigh Federation of Russia Alexander Zubkov. Now the athletes themselves need to make a decision — to go or not to the Game in South Korea. The leadership of the Federation of bobsleigh will help those athletes who want to perform in Pyeongchang. This is by far the".
"Each athlete should decide to go to the Olympics or not," I agree with Zubkov legendarna Soviet figure skater, three-time Olympic champion Irina Rodnina.
Today, Russian President Vladimir Putin will announce its position regarding the participation of Russian athletes in the Games. Olympic games 2018 will be held in Pyeongchang (South Korea) from 9 to 25 February.