(AP Photo/.Kirsty Wigglesworth)
Russian cross-country skier Yulia Belorukova issued some strong words to the International Olympic Committee on Tuesday night regarding the organization’s decision not to allow many of her fellow countrymen to participate in the Olympic Games because doping concerns.
When asked her thoughts on the situation between the IOC and Russia, she smiled briefly and said, “Good question.”
Then she paused and chose her words carefully.
“There is nothing that will break us,” Belorukova said through an interpreter after winning bronze medal in the cross-country sprint classic. “There is nothing that will instill fear into us. We are strong and we will fight until the end.”
Russia was banned from the Olympic Games after revelations of a massive doping operation.
However, the International Olympic Committee cleared 168 competitors to take part under the moniker "Olympic Athletes from Russia."
The International Olympic Committee banned Russia from competing because of a massive doping scheme they'd run at the 2014 Sochi Games. However, it gave individual athletes the chance to apply for and compete as "Olympic Athletes from Russia."
There were 168 Russians who passed the vetting process and have been allowed to compete. Another 45 filed an appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sport. The court upheld the IOC's right to decide who can compete before the start of the Pyeongchang Games.