Russia: Russia Olympics ban 'geopolitical war' - Federation Council

Deputy Chairman of Russia's Federation Council Andrei Klimov stated that the International Olympic Commission's (IOC) decision to ban Russia from participating in the 2018 Winter Olympics is "a geopolitical war" backed by Washington. Klimov made the statement during a round table discussion in Moscow on Wednesday.

Retired Russian artistic gymnast and seven-time Olympic medal-winner Svetlana Khorkina argued that "it was a decision taken a long time ago. Even the text was agreed upon. In my opinion, it was not an independent decision by the IOC Executive Committee."

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