5 Dec, IOC decided to suspend membership of the Russian Olympic Committee, which does not allow the Russian national team to compete at the Olympic games 2018 in Pyeongchang (9-25 February) under the national flag.
The IOC intends to respect the rights of clean athletes. The athletes that will fit the above criteria, will perform at the Olympics in the status of "Olympic athlete from Russia." Earlier, the Russian authorities have repeatedly denied accusations of systematic doping in Russian sport.
As stated by Vice-speaker of the state Duma Pyotr Tolstoy, the Russian athletes were in a situation where personal success at the Olympics in the case of a decision to participate will be on a par with "humiliation and the collapse of dreams for the vast country" and achieved the medal will be the only personal achievement of an athlete, reports Newsru.com.
The official representative of Russian foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova on his page in Facebook was reacting to the IOC decision: "it Hurts? Very. My heart and soul now with our athletes. Survive? Yes." According to Zakharova, the decision of the IOC — another unsuccessful attempt to "fill up Russia", which today is reborn as a "sporting nation".
The Commissioner for human rights in the Russian Federation Tatiana Moskalkova believes that "the IOC Decision is discriminatory, unjust, humiliating the national dignity of our country", reports TASS.
The head of the Federation Council Committee on international Affairs Konstantin Kosachev on his page in Facebook wrote: "the Ugly decision. There is no doubt that this is part of a common line of the West to contain Russia. Bought traitors, selectively shaken up the tube only under one flag, organized a tantrum in the media. Another decision the IOC make just couldn't, drove for check boxes".
"While one may resent the West, and fair. But I am convinced that our sport officials should be held personally responsible, they obviously slept through the start of this campaign and they have clearly not managed to finish," — said Kosachev.
The Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on constitutional legislation Andrey Klishas and acting Secretary of the General Council "United Russia" Andrey Turchak believe that the IOC decision is contrary to the objectives of the Olympic movement and discreditied it. While Turchak sure that "we need to take into account the interests of athletes and support them, regardless of the decision".
The leader of fraction of LDPR Vladimir Zhirinovsky has declared that considers the decision of the IOC "sport racism, political racism. Everyone will participate, in addition to Russian. This has never happened," reports "R-Sport".
The state Duma Deputy Vitaly Milonov invited the national Olympic committees of the BRICS countries (Brazil, India, China and South Africa), as well as Belarus, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan to refuse to participate in the Olympics 2018 in a sign of solidarity with Russia.
"I suggest you to show solidarity with our country and to refrain from participating in the Games as a sign of solidarity, if participation of the Russian team will be impossible"? — quoted Milonov "R-Sport".
"Currently we are all witnesses to the bullying of Russia to the IOC. We are all well aware that the reasons for this persecution are political in nature... Our country, one way or another, each in its own way faced with the manifestation of North Atlantic imperialism. The US and its satellites at various times has had on our countries political pressure and economic blackmail. Today, under the eye of Uncle Sam was Russia. But who can guarantee that, for example, tomorrow, under the hammer of economic appetites of the West will not get your homeland and your national pride?" — asks Milon.
The Deputy of the state Duma of the Russian Federation Natalia Poklonskaya wrote in the page of social network "Vkontakte", "international colleagues are guided by political trends in everything and in sports too. Olympics without Russia — it is an empty phrase. Our Great country and the strongest athletes is very irritating to partners abroad. But here we show that Russia is strong and break you. And act we must only under the flag of their great country. Victory will be ours!".
Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev also commented on the decision of the IOC not to allow the Russian team to participate in the Olympics-2018.
"I have a simple response. It is generally a mess that destroys the very important institution of international cooperation. I was at the outset that to restore everything as it should be" — quoted Gorbachev "R-Sport". "Here they (IOC) have taken into account something, some part. It's just not good and all. It is a sport, dammit!", he added.
Moscow mayor Sergei Sobyanin believes that "if the athlete is not interested in politics doesn't mean politics is not interested in the athlete." I think the decision to dismiss our national team part of the political baiting of Russia. I feel sorry for the guys who are honestly ready to #ОИ2018 and will not be able to act under the Russian flag," wrote the mayor in the social network "VKontakte".
Honorary President of the Olympic Committee of Russia (OKR) Leonid Tractor believes that the IOC decision could not be taken on their own, transmits "R-Sport".
"I from the solution in the internal shock... Knowing all the people over 30 years, I just don't believe that they independently made this decision. Do not exclude even the head of the IOC Thomas Bach. So there are some forces in their politics... the upstream countries that Finance the international Olympic Committee," — said Tyagachev.
First Deputy Chairman of the Duma Committee on nationalities Valery Rashkin has submitted the claim to Savelovsky court of Moscow the Vice-Premier Vitaly Mutko, reports RBC.
"Due to the mismatch position of one official of the Russian Federation subjected to unprecedented humiliation and shame, undermined the country's image and Russian sports, injured athletes, who all his life was to participate in the Olympic games", — stated in the lawsuit Rashkin.
The President of the KHL, the head of the organizing Committee "Sochi-2014" Dmitry Chernyshenko commented on the decision the IOC about his withdrawal from the coordination Commission of the 2022 winter Olympics in Beijing.
"The composition of the coordination Commission the IOC on preparation of Olympic games "Beijing 2022" I personally invited the head of the IOC Thomas Bach. Games in Sochi was recognized as the most successful in the history from the point of view of the organization, and Bach wanted to use our experience in the preparation of the Olympic games in Beijing. In the spring of 2017, in accordance with the annual procedure of the IOC, Bach has invited me to continue the work of the Commission," reminded Chernyshenko.
"Surprising my exclusion from the composition of the coordination Commission, despite the fact that the IOC, like no other, know that the organizing Committee did not participate in the work of the anti-doping laboratory in Sochi. It seems that all the achievements of the Olympics in Sochi sacrificed to political expediency. Sure, time will put everything in its place," Chernyshenko said in an interview with TASS.
Russia should boycott the Olympics in 2018, said the member of the RFU Executive Committee, Vice-speaker of the state Duma Igor Lebedev. "The decision of the IOC to refuse to use the Olympics national flag is a humiliation for such a great sporting country like Russia. This is another blow to Russian sports, which can no longer be ignore, it is necessary to take some steps," — said Lebedev. In his opinion, a potential solution to the question — "joint action of all sports federations in our country about the complete rejection of participation in the Olympic games".
"Someone may not like the word "boycott", but we have to outdo the IOC. Without Russia, this is not the Olympics, because Russia is one of the main contenders for medals in any sport," said Lebedev in an interview to "Interfax".
"The flag is that the athlete lifts over his head, when wins the Olympic gold, silver or bronze", — he added. "Now that will carry our athletes? Another humiliation and insult? I think you need a solution that will allow not to go to all of our athletes to the Olympics", — said the politician.
First Vice-speaker of the state Duma Ivan Melnikov (CPRF) believes that the decision the IOC unthinkable cruelty, they are part of a policy of total persecution of Russian athletes, intended to humiliate Russia, reports TASS. To go to the Olympics to the athletes of the Russian Federation under a neutral flag cannot be, he said.
"This trip will be incorrect in relation to those athletes without discrimination and evidence has already been removed not only from the Games, but also sports," — said the first Vice-speaker. "At the same time, if the country's leadership and national sport decides otherwise, we will still root for our team... But in this case it is important to build an information campaign around the Games in a special way".
His party colleague, the Chairman of the Central Committee of the Communist party Yuri Afonin, sure to participate in the Olympics under a neutral flag was wrong. "The national team of the country, a great country, a great sporting power, to compete under the Olympic flag in terms of the fringe system missing evidence incorrectly. I think we need to be firm. But, on the other hand, give the opportunity to athletes who want to Express themselves, as it was at the world Championships in athletics, to give the opportunity to speak to assist. Not to make them outcasts if they want to participate, it is a choice every athlete," said Afonin.
The first Deputy head of the Federation Council Committee on defense and security Franz Klintsevich believes that Russian athletes should not go to the Olympics under a neutral flag. "I don't know what will ultimately be the choice of Russia, but, in my opinion, a great power ought not "incognito" to go to the Olympics" — quoted Klintsevich his press office.
According to the Senator, the decision on the admission of Russian athletes at the upcoming winter Olympics under a neutral flag is purely political. "It is possible to