Russia to wear 'neutral' Red and Gray at Winter Olympics

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January 19, 2018
In this handout photo released yesterday by Russian outfit company ZASPORT, the official clothing supplier of the Russian National Olympic Committee, shows presented several designs of neutral Olympic uniforms with the logo OAR (Olympic Athlete from Russia), for athletes travelling to South Korea's Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics. (Zasport via AP)

MOSCOW, Russia (AP):

The Olympic Athletes from Russia will be wearing gray and red in Pyeongchang.

Under an International Olympic Committee (IOC) ruling last month that formally banned the Russia team, as many as 200 Russians could end up competing under the Olympic flag next month.

Russian sportswear company Zasport published sketches yesterday, of what it says are IOC-approved designs for the competitors, who will be officially known as Olympic Athletes from Russia.

There are winter coats, tracksuits, and hooded sweaters in gray, as well as an outfit in red with white stripes.

The designs, from the same company which was due to create uniforms for the Russian team before the ban, do not bear any Russian flags.

NATIONALSYMBOLS

IOC rules do not allow the neutral uniforms to contain national symbols, so there's a badge on the chest reading "Olympic Athletes from Russia."

Zasport says Russian athletes will start receiving their uniforms on Monday. However, it is far from clear who exactly is going to the Olympics from Russia. The IOC has an invitation-only process for Russian athletes with the aim of cutting out those who it believes were part of organized doping programs or cover-ups at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

It was not immediately clear which versions of the uniforms would be worn at the opening ceremony and the IOC did not immediately comment.

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