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    IOC still undecided — confused, perhaps — on reinstating Russia for Closing Ceremony

    HUNGARY OUT Mandatory Credit: Photo by ZSOLT CZEGLEDI/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock (9420118k) Nadezhda Sergeeva and Anastasia Kocherzhova Bobsleigh - PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Games, Daegwallyeong-Myeon, Korea - 17 Feb 2018 (FILE) - Olympic Athlete from Russia (OAR) pilot Nadezhda Sergeeva (R) and her teammate Anastasia Kocherzhova during a training for the Women's Bobsleigh competition at the Olympic Sliding Centre during the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Games, South Korea, 17 February 2018 (reissued 23 February 2018). Acording to media reports on 23 February 2018, Russian Bobsled Federation president Alexander Zubkov said that OAR athlete Nadezhda Sergeeva, 30, has tested positive for a banned substance during the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Games. The two-woman bobsleigh crew finished 12th in the women's bobsleigh competition on 21 February 2018. Russian officials were said to be working in clarifying the situation, media added.
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    Bobsledder Nadezhda Sergeeva (left, with teammate Anastasia Kocherzhova ) failed a drug test, one of two Russian athletes cuaght doping at PyeongChang.

    PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — Confusion reigns over how the International Olympic Committee will decide what to do with the banned Russian Olympic Committee. They could readmit them, continue the ban or hedge with what the IOC says might be a ‘‘partial solution.’’

    The IOC must announce by Sunday if the Russian Olympic Committee will be readmitted to the Olympic family after being ousted for a massive doping scandal. That would allow about 160 Russian athletes competing in PyeongChang to fly their own flag on Sunday at the Closing Ceremony.

    They've been competing here under a neural flag.

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    Two strikes against readmission are positive doping tests in PyeongChang by two Russian athletes, including one who had to forfeit his bronze medal. That’s half of the four doping cases reported so far at this year’s Olympics.