Russia expected to have doping ban lifted in ‘next few days’

Vastavam web: Russia said on Sunday it expected to have the doping ban lifted in the “next few days,” saying restoring the rights of its athletes could become a major result of the Olympic Games.The International Olympic Committee (IOC) voted unanimously to keep Russia’s ban for mass doping, meaning Russian athletes will not be able to march behind their flag at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics closing ceremony later Sunday.”Our absolute priority is the status of our country and the interests of our athletes,” the statement said.

Restoring the rights of the ROC and the rights of “all the Russian athletes will be the major outcome” of the Games, the statement added.The vote to maintain the ban for the time being followed a recommendation from the IOC’s executive board, which met Saturday and early Sunday to thrash out Russia’s fate.