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Russia Won't Boycott Olympics Over Ban For Doping, Putin Says

"Without any doubt, we will not declare any blockade, we will not prevent our Olympians from taking part," Russian President Vladimir Putin said one day after the IOC's decision.

Russia hosted the last Winter Olympics, in 2014. But the country is banned from being represented at the 2018 Games that start in February, after the International Olympic Committee said it found a widespread culture of Russian cheating through performance-enhancing drugs.

; one day later, Russian President Vladimir Putin said he wouldn't stand in any athlete's way if they choose to compete as neutral Olympians. When it banned Russian officials

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