01192018

Russian athletes told not to replicate flag in Winter Olympic kit choices

Aleksandr Zubkov, two-man and four-man bobsleigh gold medallist at Sochi 2014, is among the Russian athletes banned

Aleksandr Zubkov, two-man and four-man bobsleigh gold medallist at Sochi 2014, is among the Russian athletes banned

Russian athletes taking part at the Winter Olympics as neutral competitors have been warned not to replicate their country’s flag via their kit.

“Separate items of clothing cannot create a tricolour” is one of 13 International Olympic Committee stipulations.

The Russian emblem and coat of arms is not permitted on kit with a generic text proposed to replace it.

Russia is banned after allegations of systematic doping at Sochi 2014.

The IOC has proposed a logo to be used by Russian athletes with 'Olympic Athlete From Russia' printed in red on a white background<!–

The IOC has proposed a logo to be used by Russian athletes with ‘Olympic Athlete From Russia’ printed in red on a white background

The country, which was blocked from sending a full team to Rio 2016, has been accused of operating a state-sponsored regime that included tailored drugs programmes and urine samples being switched.

Individual athletes can still compete providing they can meet anti-doping criteria.

The IOC stipulate that athletes’ kit can only carry the words ‘Olympic athlete from Russia’ or ‘OAR’, while officials’ clothing can only feature ‘OAR’.

And the uniforms cannot consist of all three colours of the Russian flag, while the red and blue cannot match the shade used in the flag – the IOC suggests “that these are darker in colour”.

The 2018 Winter Games, which will be staged in Pyeongchang in South Korea, start on 9 February.

Yelena Isinbayeva<!–

Pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva wore nail varnish replicating the Russia flag as she watched events at Rio 2016 – from which she was banned from competing

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