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Russia says its athletes reject an Olympics boycott and want to compete under a neutral flag

Russia says its athletes reject an Olympics boycott and want to compete under a neutral flag

Russian athletes are overwhelmingly in favor of competing at the upcoming Pyeongchang Games despite a ban on the national team, the country's Olympic committee said Tuesday.

Sofia Velikaya said the Russian Olympic Committee's athletes commission, which she chairs, has heard from "all the athletes in all sports" on the Olympic program, with a majority in favor of competing.

Velikaya said no athletes have told the ROC they would rather boycott.

"At the current moment, everyone's training and everyone's hoping to take part in the Olympics," Velikaya said.

The International Olympic Committee last week barred the Russian team from Pyeongchang because...

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