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IOC ban aims to divide Russia ahead of presidential election: member of State Duma

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Moscow, Russia - Dec 6, 2017
1. Hallway of State Duma of Russia Federation
2. Logo of State Duma of Russia Federation
3. Members of State Duma of Russia Federation going upstairs
4. Mikhail Degtyarev, chairman of State Duma Committee on Physical Culture, Sport, Tourism and Youth Affairs, at press conference
5. SOUNDBITE (Russian) Mikhail Degtyarev, chairman, State Duma Committee on Physical Culture, Sport, Tourism and Youth Affairs:
"The decision is in an attempt to cause social and political instability in Russia before the presidential election. ++JUMP CUT++ After the decision by the International Olympics Committee, there has been a polarization in the Russian community, which has caused division. At present, there is still no unified opinion on whether our athletes should boycott the games or compete. This is the main purpose [of the IOC's decision], to provoke a split in Russia."

Lausanne, Switzerland - Dec 5, 2017
6. International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach, former Swiss president, member of IOC Ethics Commission Samuel Schmid at press conference
7. Attendees; press conference in progress
8. IOC President Thomas Bach speaking

Moscow, Russia - Dec 6, 2017
9. SOUNDBITE (Russian) Mikhail Degtyarev, chairman, State Duma Committee on Physical Culture, Sport, Tourism and Youth Affairs:
"It is too early to make some serious decisions or statements. We need to carefully study the decision by the IOC Executive Board. We need to discuss with the athletes and various sports associations. We still have a month and a half to find a resolution [before the games begin]."
10. Members of State Duma of Russia Federation walking out of conference hall

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The decision by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to suspend the Russian Olympic Committee from the 2018 Winter Olympics is an attempt to unsettle Russia ahead of its upcoming presidential election, said a member of Russia's State Duma on Wednesday.

The IOC on Tuesday announced that Russia will be banned from the 2018 Winter Olympics set to be held in South Korea's Pyeongchang in February over doping concerns, which provoked outrage in Russia.

The Russian Federation's State Duma held a plenary session discussing the issue on Wednesday, saying the country's Olympic committee is currently discussing the IOC decision and will discuss it at a plenary meeting on Thursday.

Mikhail Degtyarev, chairman of the State Duma Committee on Physical Culture, Sport, Tourism and Youth Affairs, claimed there are political factors at play in the IOC move, which he says aims to cause instabilities in Russia before the country's presidential election in March next year.


"The decision is in an attempt to cause social and political instability in Russia before the presidential election. After the decision by the International Olympics Committee, there has been a polarization in the Russian community, which has caused division. At present, there is still no unified opinion on whether our athletes should boycott the games or compete. This is the main purpose [of the IOC's decision], to provoke a split in Russia," said Degtyarev.

At the plenary session, representatives from several political parties presented various response measures to the IOC's decision, including boycotting the Olympics or hosting a standalone competition in Russia.

Degtyarev said it is still too soon to say what the final conclusion will be.

"It is too early to make some serious decisions or statements. We need to carefully study the decision by the IOC Executive Board. We need to discuss with the athletes and various sports associations. We still have a month and a half to find a resolution [before the games begin]," he said.

Last year, an independent World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) commission headed by Professor Richard McLaren released a report accusing Russia of state-sponsored doping programs which illegally boosted the performances of Russian athletes.

The report was largely based on the testimony of the former head of a Moscow anti-doping lab Grigory Rodchenkov, who fled to the United States at the end of 2015 and became an informant for WADA.

The scandal prevented a large number of Russian athletes and officials from participating in the 2016 Rio Olympics and Paralympics and had raised doubts about the participation of the Russian national team in the 2018 Winter Olympic Games. The IOC said individual Russian athletes would be free to compete under a neutral flag in Pyeinchang, provided they can prove they are 'clean'.

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