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"...Russian athletes who can prove they are clean would be allowed to compete in South Korea under a neutral flag...."

Going to be a small flag, then!

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24 minutes ago, Rimmer said:

"...Russian athletes who can prove they are clean would be allowed to compete in South Korea under a neutral flag...."

Going to be a small flag, then!

How do they prove they are clean? The only way would be 24/7 video of them in an isolation booth, with them only eating/drinking air. 

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 It's unfortunate for the Russian athletes, considering there will not be a single clean athlete there.  Russian Govt should have stayed out off it and trusted the athletes dope themselves!

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Some have to be clean. Look at the aussie athletes.  Our winter team are basically never in Australia and always somewhere else training.

Russia have to be the same for some.

I feel for those. 

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I think it will be Russian athletes that don't spend extended time inside of russia that will be ok. There were a few in this situation at the summer Olympics. 

I reckon a fair few will be able to compete no worries. 

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47 minutes ago, mhvh said:

 Which doesn't mean they are clean, just that their doping program isn't government sponsored. 

But that's okay.

There are plenty like that in the Brit team. ;) 

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3 hours ago, Peter said:

But that's okay.

There are plenty like that in the Brit team. ;) 

Everyone at the Olympics is exactly like that

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2 hours ago, mhvh said:

Everyone at the Olympics is exactly like that

 

1 hour ago, willie said:

Nah not everyone, but a lot. 

Yeah not the kiwis. Or maybe if they are they need better drugs. 

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4 minutes ago, Peter said:

 

Yeah not the kiwis. Or maybe if they are they need better drugs. 

Or do like for the  Com Games get a bloke to dress as a girl.

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14 hours ago, willie said:

I think it will be Russian athletes that don't spend extended time inside of russia that will be ok. There were a few in this situation at the summer Olympics. 

I reckon a fair few will be able to compete no worries. 

The issue becomes complicated when they train with other squads.... I go skiing in Sjusjoen, just outside of Lillehammer which has the most consistent snow for XC skiing in the world. All the clean squads train there - Norwegians, the Finns, the Swedes, Danes, Latvians .... and the Russians. 

I cannot say that everyone is clean or dirty, but it makes it hard to prove that a nation-state is clean if they're all mixing together...

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