"Welcome tough decision the IOC, I think its just punishment for Russia, which is in the state stream supplied doping and cover this antisportivnaya activities," — said Zhdanov.

The official felt cynical and immoral actions of the Russian authorities. "The national team of Russia, OCD, sports functionaries of Russia, who was raped by Olympic values, is not a place in the Olympics. All of them showed a red card," he said.

In his opinion, this decision is a good signal about the actual process of purification of international sport and the Olympic movement from abuse.

As previously reported, on December 5, the IOC Executive Board suspended the national team of Russia from participation in the Olympics in 2018. Athletes who can prove that did not use doping, will be admitted to the Games in 2018 under the neutral flag.

Olympic winter games in Pyeongchang will be held from 9 to 25 February.