It should be noted that Russian leader Vladimir Putin said that in the upcoming Olympics in 2018 will be able to participate the Russian athletes, who will act in their personal capacity.
Russia Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev says the state will never acknowledge the accusation of state-sponsored doping that prevents the Russia team from competing at the Pyeongchang Olympics because it considers it false.
South Korea's sports ministry said on Thursday that the ban on Russia participation is "regrettable", and urged Russian athletes to take part. "We don't ever fear anything, we live our lives", Haley said.
Putin said that taking those thoughts into consideration, the authorities will "definitely not impede anybody or ban anyone, or create conditions for their participation to become impossible". The IOC accused Russian Federation of systematic violations of anti-doping rules, particularly during the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
But the president spoke out against the IOC's stance, saying in a comment reported by R-Sport: "It all looks like an absolutely staged and politically-motivated decision". The IOC will only allow them to participate under the Olympic flag with the title "Olympic Athlete from Russian Federation".
At the Washington Capitals' morning skate Wednesday, Ovechkin and fellow Russian Evgeny Kuznetsov say they will cheer for the Russian athletes who choose to go to South Korea.
"I think that this excuse was not used in an honest way, to put it mildly", Putin said without elaborating.
"So there are still more questions than answers and they all need to clarified".
Alexander Zhukov, the president of the Russian Olympic Committee, who was suspended by the IOC, apologized at Tuesday's hearing "for violations of anti-doping rules that were allowed in our country".
Putin's spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, told reporters it's too soon to discuss the fate of Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko, who was banned by the International Olympic Committee from all future Olympics after being implicated in the doping scandal as sports minister during the Sochi Games.