‘Russia’s preparations for Winter Olympics unhampered by IOC probe’

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Moscow, Oct 11 (IANS) A current investigation by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) into Russias alleged violations of anti-doping rules does not hamper the national teams preparations for the 2018 Winter Games, Russian Sports Minister Pavel Kolobkov said on Wednesday.

“The winter season has begun and I held meetings with all presidents of (sports) federations and head coaches,” Kolobkov told journalists, reports Tass news agency.

“The stage of preparations is almost completed and Para athletes are set for qualifiers,” he added.

“We are not discussing this situation and are in a standard mode of preparations for the Olympics.”

The next Olympics, which are XXIII Winter Olympic Games, will take place in South Korea’s PyeongChang from February 9 to 25, 2018 and Russia’s participation in the event is still under a question mark.

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