"We left to go to the Russian athletes at the closing ceremony with the national flag. Such a decision may draw a line under this unpleasant episode in the Olympic movement. And then after applying these sanctions will again be most welcome at the Olympic games and the Olympic movement," Bach was quoted by TASS.
On Tuesday, the IOC suspended the national team of Russia from participation in the Olympic games in 2018, which will be held from 9 to 25 February in Pyeongchang. Russian athletes invited to compete under a neutral flag, with "clean" athletes will be selected by a special Commission.
"In this case, the closing ceremony can be a signal that Russia has adopted and complied with the requirements, and a new beginning was possible. We orientirueshsya on the net the future of Russian sport", — said the head of the IOC.
The President also assured that the IOC will take care of all the expenses for the invited neutral sportsmen from Russia in the Olympic games 2018.
"If the IOC invites athletes, in this case, we cover their travel costs. From our solution we see that these athletes are no different from any other participating in the competition. They will be posted for free, there is free of charge, will be paid the part of staff," he said.
On Wednesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the Russian authorities do not inhibit the participation of athletes in the Olympics in neutral status. Formal approval for the performance in the neutral status is to give the Olympic meeting to be held in Moscow on 12 December.