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    Lee Hee-beom, president of the Pyeongchang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, delivers a report during the 132nd IOC Session prior to the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018

    Olympics Organizing Committee's Head Describes Pyeongchang Games as 'Clean'

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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Winter Olympics in South Korea's Pyeongchang will be remembered as "clean," Lee Hee-beom, the Olympics Organizing Committee's head, said Saturday ahead of the Games' closing ceremony.

    "As the president of the Organizing Committee, I have participated in many press conferences, I kept repeating that our Olympics will be remembered as 'clean' Olympics. We are following all the decisions by the International Olympic Committee [IOC] and the World Anti-Doping Agency [WADA]. Whatever decision the IOC takes, I think, I have no right to make any comments, we will respect any decision," Lee told a press conference.

    A total of four athletes were tested positive for doping at the Pyeongchang Olympics, including Slovenian hockey player Ziga Jeglic, Japanese speedskater Kei Saito, Russian bobsledder Nadezhda Sergeeva and Russian curler Aleksandr Krushelnitckii.

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    The committee also said it could partially or fully lift the ROC's suspension from the Olympics Closing Ceremony, scheduled for Sunday, thereby allowing Russian athletes to carry the national flag, under the condition that the ROC and all invited athletes and officials respected and fully implemented its decisions and requirements.

    In December, the IOC suspended the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) over an alleged "systemic manipulation" of the anti-doping system in Russia. The allegations have been denied by the Russian authorities. The IOC said, however, that only "clean" athletes could compete in the 2018 Olympics under a neutral flag as Olympic Athletes from Russia (OAR).

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