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Old 18th January 2018, 04:03
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Russia asks IOC’s permission to use the symbols of the USSR for the 2018 Olympics
UAWIRE ORG January 17, 2018 1:00:35 PM

The International Olympic Committee's (IOC) special commission will consider allowing Russian athletes to use the flag and anthem of the Soviet Union, after the athletes were prohibited from using Russian national symbols at the upcoming 2018 PyeongChang Olympic Games, R-Sport agency reports.

"All such issues are considered by the Working Group on Olympic athletes from Russia. The IOC will issue guidelines for implementation of the group's decisions in due time, as indicated in the statement of the IOC Executive Committee on December 5," the organization's press service stated.

On December 17, 2017, the IOC banned Russian athletes from using national symbols on their uniform during the 2018 Olympics. Instead, they were only allowed to display the Olympic rings on their outfits.

Recently, the IOC Executive Committee met in Lausanne, Switzerland where they decided to suspend the membership of the Russian Olympic Committee and to exclude the Russian national team from participating in the 2018 Winter Olympic Games. UAWire - Russia asks IOC’s permission to use the symbols of the USSR for the 2018 Olympics
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Russian ‘OAR’ Olympic Athletes Open With Loss As Appeals Begin
RADIO FREE EUROPE Feb 08, 2018 04:13 GMT

Athletes from Russia competing under the Olympic flag made their debut in the 2018 Winter Olympics, losing in a curling match to a U.S. team at a time when other Russian athletes were having their banning appeals heard in hopes of entering the games.

The U.S. brother-and-sister squad of Matt and Becca Hamilton early on February 8 defeated the husband-and-wife team of Aleksandr Krushelnitckii and Anastasia Bryzgalova 9-3 in a mixed-doubles curling match at the Pyeongchang games in South Korea.

The match represented the first competition of the Olympics, which will officially get under way on February 9 with the opening ceremonies. The games will run through February 25.

The appearance of Russian athletes under the “Olympic Athletes from Russia” (OAR) moniker is one of two top geopolitical-related aspects of the Olympics, along with the participation of North Korean athletes in a joint team with their South Korean counterparts.

In December, the IOC banned Russia from competing as a team the Winter Olympics, citing the Russian state's "unprecedented systematic manipulation" of the Olympic antidoping system at the 2014 Sochi games – which the Russians deny.

But the IOC did invite 169 Russians without any history of doping violations to compete under a neutral flag using the name "Olympic Athletes from Russia," provided they meet strict guidelines on doping.

Matt Hamilton of the winning curling team expressed sympathy for the situation of the competitors from Russia.

"I'm sure they are a little bit bummed [EDS: meaning "disappointed"] they don't get to wear a Russian flag," he said. "But that's life. You've got to take what you are given. At least they are at the Olympics."

"We know there were some issues with that same organization and doping. But that doesn't add any motivation," he added.

The Russian pair was cheered by a handful of supporters waving a Russian flag and yelling "Russ-i-a."

Krushelnitckii and Bryzgalova declined to speak to reporters after the match.

There will be seven round-robin matches in the curling competition through February 11. The top four teams reach the semifinals on February 12, with medal matches set for February 13.

In the meantime, some of the Russian athletes seeking last-minute invites to the Olympics arrived early on February 8 for their appeal hearings before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

At least two Russian coaches and 58 Russian athletes are hoping to overturn the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) decision not to invite them to the games.

The CAS has said it will attempt to hear the appeals late on February 8 or early February 9.

Should they win their appeals, it could force the IOC to offer invites allowing them to compete as OAR athletes, although some have said they still would not participate because they have not been in training.
https://www.rferl.org/a/russia-olymp.../29026678.html

With reporting by AFP, AP, and The New York Times
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Freestyle skiing: Ukraine's Abramenko wins aerials gold – media
Updated This is Ukraine's first medal at the 2018 Winter Olympics.
UNIAN 18 Feb 2018

Oleksandr Abramenko won Olympic freestyle skiing gold for Ukraine in the men's aerials competition on Sunday, February 18.

China's Jia Zongyang took home the silver medal, while Olympic Athlete from Russia Ilia Burov secured the bronze, Reuters said.

The final consisted of three rounds, with the three lowest-scoring athletes being eliminated at each stage. The highest score from the final round won gold.

Once the field was reduced to the final six, the tension was palpable as each athlete took their final jump.

Abramenko raised the bar, scoring 128.51 to lead going into the final three jumps.

He still led as Jia took to the hill on the last jump of the final. The Sochi bronze medalist landed his jump but could not usurp the Ukrainian, scoring 128.05 to take silver.

This is Ukraine's first medal at the 2018 Winter Olympics.

https://www.unian.info/society/10011...old-media.html
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