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Following the country's well-documented doping offences, the IOC ruled this month that only carefully vetted Russians could compete in Pyeongchang as neutral athletes, in uniforms that say "Olympic Athlete from Russia" and/or "OAR".

The raft of punishments have seen Russian Federation lose top spot in the Sochi medals table having been stripped of 13 of their original 33 medals for cheating, slipping down to fourth overall behind Norway, Canada and the United States. In any case, 60 percent of respondents believed that Russian athletes will manage to make the Russian team one of the top three teams in terms of a number of medals won, while 25 percent thought the country will receive the most medals.

The others include bobsledders, speed skaters and ice hockey players.

"As some investigations are still ongoing (notably the forensic analysis of the bottles), it can not be excluded that there might be new elements that would justify opening further new cases and holding more hearings", the International Olympic Committee said in a statement.

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Nearly two-thirds (62 percent) of Russians support the decision of the country's athletes to participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea's Pyeongchang under a neutral flag, a fresh poll by VTsIOM pollster showed on Friday.

The steps are the latest from the International Olympic Committee in a growing list of sanctions against Russian athletes who competed in Sochi.

Russian Federation denies allegations of state-sponsored doping of its athletes, and has questioned the reliability of whistleblowers behind numerous claims, including former head of the Moscow Anti-Doping Laboratory Grigory Rodchenkov. A final decision on participation will be made in January, it said.