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18-year-old world champion Russian figure skater calls IOC’s ban on Russian athletes unfair, says she can’t ‘accept’ competing in neutral uniform

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    Russian figure skater Evgenia Medvedeva told the IOC on Tuesday that its ban on Russian athletes for the 2018 Olympics was unfair.

    The 18-year-old two-time world champion argued to the IOC that the ban unfairly affects athletes who were not involved with Olympic teams in 2014, when the Russian sports ministry helped fuel a state-backed doping program.

    “For me personally, Pyeongchang should be the first chance to plunge into the unique atmosphere of the Olympic Games. I do not understand why I and my Russian teammates can lose this chance.”

    Medvedeva also said that she can’t “Accept” competing for a neutral flag.

    “I can not accept the option that I would compete in the Olympic Games without the Russian flag as a neutral athlete,” Medvedeva said.

    “In 2014, I was 14 years old. I have not even entered the adult national team of my country. For me personally, Pyeongchang should be the first chance to plunge into the unique atmosphere of the Olympic Games. I do not understand why I and my Russian teammates can lose this chance.

    “I took part in many different tournaments and I’m terribly proud of my two world title titles. The Olympics is a dream! Everyone has dreams, and you probably already had a chance to fulfill your own.

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