Rus­sia plans ‘al­ter­na­tive’ to Olympics

Irish Sunday Mirror - - NEWS - BY SYLVIA POWNALL

Vladimir Putin RUS­SIAN of­fi­cials say they will go ahead with plans to host an al­ter­na­tive Win­ter Olympics next month.

The move comes af­ter a bid to add 45 ath­letes to Pyeongchang 2018 ended in fail­ure just hours be­fore Fri­day’s open­ing cer­e­mony.

Rus­sian ath­letes had been camped in a ho­tel close to the Olympic Vil­lage wait­ing for an ar­bi­tra­tion rule on whether to over­turn bans im­posed by the IOC.

The 45-strong group had been barred due to their al­leged links to dop­ing.

They ap­pealed the rul­ing in an at­tempt to join the 168 Rus­sians who have al­ready been cleared to take part in the Games as part of a team called Olympic Ath­letes from Rus­sia.


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