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Saturday, January 20, 2018

The state Duma backpedaled and refused to boycott the Olympics

The Chairman of the Duma Committee on sport Mikhail Degtyarev said that the Parliament has no right “to interfere in Olympic Affairs” and thus will not prohibit athletes participating in the Olympics.

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“In any case, — said Degtyarev to the question about a possible legislative ban Russian athletes to go to Pyeongchang. — Issues recommendations, the decision of the Olympians or the Olympic Committee are excluded. We, the state Duma, we are the highest legislative body, we have no right to interfere in Olympic Affairs, it is contrary to the Olympic Charter”.

According to Degtyarev, who leads the Agency “Moscow”, the essence Duma of the document will be reduced to a violation of “civil rights” of athletes to compete under the Russian flag. The deputies “do not condemn Olympic Charter, it is their (the IOC – ed.) a garden is a well-established international institution, they have the right to make their decision.

We will remind that on Friday the state Duma on the instructions of its speaker Vyacheslav Volodin will discuss the draft decision on the disqualification of the Russian national team known in Russia the system of doping.

Vice-speaker of the state Duma Pyotr Tolstoy had already called for a boycott of the Olympics, ignoring the fact that in this case Russia will not be able to participate in Games for two Olympic cycles, that is 8 years old.

A sharp change in the rhetoric of Russian politicians started after Vladimir Putin’s statement that “we without doubt will not declare any embargo will not stand for our Olympians to participate if someone from them will want to participate in their personal capacity.”

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