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Putin also repeated a claim he made last month that Rodchenkov, who is under witness protection in the United States and says he fears for his life, is "under the control of the US special services". "You and all sports fans should have no doubt that Russian Federation always will be, and were, and will support the idea of clean sport in all senses, in all respects", said he.

Putin said that should the Olympic movement lose its important component of uniting countries, everything will lose its meaning. "We will do everything to support them", Putin said at a meeting with the athletes.

The South Koreans are to fly back Thursday accompanied by 10 North Korean athletes - six skiers, two figure skaters and two short-track speed skaters - who have been invited to participate in the Olympics, according to a pool report.

As a sanction for what it deemed a doping scheme during the 2014 Winter Olympics, which Russian Federation hosted in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, the IOC in December banned Russian Federation from the Olympics, citing its "unprecedented systematic manipulation" of the Olympic antidoping system.

President Trump to deliver his first State of the Union address
While his immediate audience will be the packed chamber, the speech will be beamed live on TV channels across the country. Judy Chu had been on the speakers list but is attending Trump's State of the Union address , a spokesman confirmed.

"Discovery has set out to transform the Olympic Winter Games viewing experience, so being able to offer viewers across Europe every minute of the Games and now every angle of some of the biggest events in live VR goes a long way to delivering this promise", said Ralph Rivera, managing director of Eurosport Digital.

They were also stripped of their medals and banned from future Olympic events, the IOC Disciplinary Commission said.

"Any citizen of the United States traveling to the 2018 Winter Games can rest assured that the Republic of Korea has a comprehensive security system in place and that the United States government is supporting our ally in that regard", Under Secretary of State Steve Goldstein told a briefing.

While the athletes wore their IOC-approved "neutral" uniforms without the Russian flag - gray for men, red for women - the event was full of patriotic gestures. They took testimony from Russian whistleblower Grigory Rodchenkov and World Anti-Doping Agency investigator Richard McLaren, who did not attend in person.

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