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Russia says humiliating to go to Olympics without flag: RIA

The IOC will decide on Russia's fate this week following the discovery of state-sponsored doping at Sochi 2014.

News 18 Nov 2017, 08:59 IST

FILE PHOTO: The Russian national flag and the Olympic flag are seen during the closing ceremony for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, Russia, February 23, 2014. REUTERS/Jim Young/File Photo
FILE PHOTO: The Russian national flag and the Olympic flag REUTERS/Jim Young/File Photo

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's deputy prime minister Vitaly Mutko said that it would be unacceptable and humiliating for Russia to take part in the Winter Olympics in South Korea without the national flag and anthem, RIA news agency reported on Friday.

The International Olympic Committee is set to decide on Russia’s participation in the Winter games at its executive board meeting on Dec. 5-7.

Russian athletes may be only allowed to compete as neutrals at the Olympics due to doping allegations.

Mutko said that Russia is ready to cooperate with the World Anti-Doping Agency, but the other side should show willing too.

(Reporting by Christian Lowe; writing by Maria Tsvetkova; Editing by Christian Lowe and Robin Pomeroy)

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