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    Countries Should Not Decide on Russia's Olympic Participation - IOC Head

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    Russia’s participation in the 2018 Olympic Games should not depend on the vision of any country on this issue, but on the decision of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), as it is the authority on doping, International Olympic Committee head Thomas Bach told Sputnik.

    DAVOS (Sputnik) – Earlier this month, UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) agency chief David Kenworthy called for Russia to be banned from the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea’s Pyeongchang.

    "I have not heard about this. But we are working with WADA in this respect, and WADA is our center of competence and authority for the fight against doping. This is not an issue between one country and another," Bach said commenting on Kenworthy’s words.

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