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Reactions vary to Russia Winter Olympic ban

Reactions vary to Russia Winter Olympic ban
By Robert Hackwill
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Some South Koreans worry that the absence of Russia will make for a less interesting Winter Olympics.


South Koreans have expressed mixed opinions over the International Olympic Committee's decision to ban Russia from the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. Some said it might reduce people's interest in the Games while others welcomed the decision.

"South Korea is holding the Pyeonchang Olympics. However if Russia, a nation strong in winter sports, cannot participate in the Olympics, I am afraid it might act as a downside on the Olympics."

Australia has called the decision a 'severe' but 'appropriate punishment'. Speaking to reporters in Sydney, Australia's Chef de Mission for the games said the decision would establish a very even playing field.

"I think it is a huge lesson to be learnt from this. It is a very severe punishment, but it` is appropriate punishment. I call them sports crimes, if you like, were serious ones and the message has been sent loud and clear. I am very confident that going forward the Russians will change their behaviour. I think the world will be watching very closely," said Ian Chesterman.

The Olympic torch is now making its way around South Korea, boosting disappointing ticket sales.

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