Russian Federation to pay International Olympic Committee $15 mn: Deputy PM

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Russia's Tass news agency said that Putin made the remarks on Wednesday during his visit to an automobile factory in the city of Nizhny Novgorod, some 400 kilometers east from Moscow.

In response, the IOC this week suspended the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC), banned all ROC officials from the Winter Games to be held in South Korea in February, and will only allow invited Russian athletes to compete under the Olympic flag (i.e., not as representatives of their country).

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko, who was banned for life from the Olympics this week, insisted on Thursday there was no state-backed doping in Russia and slammed the decision to exclude Russia from the 2018 Winter Games.

The long-awaited International Olympic Committee decision punishing Russia for a state-sponsored doping campaign during the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia, came a little more than two months before the quadrennial skiing, skating and sledding contests unfold at venues in the mountains and along the coast of South Korea. In all, it is estimated that more than 1,000 Russian athletes competing in more than 30 sports have been involved in doping since at least 2011.

When commenting WADA's accusation of an alleged state system to supply drugs to athletes, Medvedev made it clear that his country will not give credit in any way to a clear lie based on arguments that the worldwide institution can not prove.

Zhukov told the French news agency AFP he "apologized" to the International Olympic Committee on Tuesday for the "anti-doping violations" committed in his country in recent years.

Bach said he hoped those attending would "represent a new generation of clean Russian athletes in the Games and build a bridge into a clean future of Russian sport".

"An Olympic boycott has never achieved anything", IOC President Thomas Bach said at a news conference.

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In recent weeks more than two dozen Russian athletes have been banned for life from the Olympics on allegations that they used performance-enhancing drugs in the 2014 schemes which also included sample-swapping.

A report made by a WADA investigator and presented a year ago before the Rio de Janeiro Olympics included the testimony of the informer Grigori Rodchenkov, who worked with the Moscow branch of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA).

"We will all know that they will be representing Russian Federation".

Clean Russian athletes would be allowed to compete under an Olympic flag, the IOC said.

Sorokin also dismissed accusations in the explosive World Anti-Doping Agency-sponsored McLaren report that Russian footballers had been part of the state-sponsored doping programme. It blames Grigory Rodchenkov, the former director of Moscow and Sochi testing laboratories, as a rogue employee.

The chairman of that disciplinary panel, Swiss lawyer Denis Oswald, reported about prosecuting Russian athletes implicated in cheating at Sochi.

The scientist is now living under federal protection in the United States. Those allegations prompted WADA and the International Olympic Committee to launch two more investigations, both of which confirmed Rodchenkov's charges.

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