International Olympic Committee releases guidelines on uniforms for 'neutral' Russian athletes

International Olympic Committee releases guidelines on uniforms for 'neutral' Russian athletes

International Olympic Committee releases guidelines on uniforms for 'neutral' Russian athletes

Bosco, the Russian company which is now the exclusive kit supplier for the International Olympic Committee (IOC), have reportedly asked for their brand not to be used at next year's Olympic Games.

Silver medalists Tatyana Ivanova and Albert Demchenko, who competed in Sochi in the women's and men's luge, respectively, have been banned and stripped of their medals. The IOC left the door open for clean Russian athletes to compete as neutrals, however.

In interviews with Reuters and TASS on December 20, Kusnirovich said he chose to withhold use of the company's brand after the International Olympic Committee banned Russian Federation from competing at the games, which take place in Pyeongchang, South Korea from February 9-25.

In fact, all fonts must be in English and "as generic as possible", and the words "Olympic Athlete from" must be above the word "Russia" on athletes' kits and in the same size of font.

Speed skaters Ivan Skobrev, who won silver and bronze medals at the Vancouver 2010 Games, and Artem Kuznetsov were also sanctioned.

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The IOC says the panel closed one case of a Russian athlete it did not identify.

Legkov, along with more than 20 other Russian athletes, has vowed to fight the ban at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

The Russian doping fiasco came to light after the damning World Anti-Doping Agency-sponsored McLaren report deemed the country to have set up an elaborate doping programme involving the manipulation of drug test samples.

The sanction not only makes it impossible for the athletes to participate in the next games to be held in Pyeongchang (South Korea), from the 9 to the 25 February; it also prohibits them from attending future editions of the Olympic Games.

This decision was hugely unpopular in Russian Federation. Ticket sales have picked up, with 586,300 tickets sold as of December 10 - the latest figures available from the organisers - or 49.7 % of the total 1.18mn available.Another passenger, Kang Jae-Hoon, had no plans to go to the Games himself but hoped many people would use the new train line.

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