However, Zhukov rejected the evidence behind the central charge that Russia ran a doping system at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, adding that Russians competing under a neutral flag at the Olympics would "feel like outcasts."
Russia has been banned from the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics after the IOC found evidence of an "unprecedented systematic manipulation" of the anti-doping system. "Clean" Russian athletes will be allowed to take part in the upcoming Olympic Games under a neutral flag as 'Olympic Athlete from Russia' (OAR).
The upcoming Olympics will take place in South Korea’s Pyeongchang on February 9-25, 2018.
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