Yevgenia Medvedeva to speak at IOC meeting on Russia, reports say

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Yevgenia Medvedeva, the clear Olympic figure skating favorite, will reportedly give a speech as part of a Russian delegation at an IOC executive board meeting Tuesday to announce if and how Russians will be allowed to compete at the PyeongChang Winter Games.

Russian media, including news agency TASS, reported the news Sunday. TASS cited the Russian figure skating federation head, quoting him saying that Medvedeva will be the only figure skater at the meeting.

Medvedeva would be part of a Russian delegation led by Russia Olympic Committee president Alexander Zhukov at the IOC meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Russian athletes could be banned from PyeongChang altogether due to the country’s doping problem, which led to 25 Russians being retroactively banned from Sochi and banned from the Olympics for life in the last month.

Or, some Russians could be allowed to compete as neutral athletes with the Russian flag and anthem — and even the word “Russia” — being absent from PyeongChang.

Medvedeva, an 18-year-old who hasn’t lost in two years, was due to compete in the Grand Prix Final this week. She withdrew from that event Friday due to a broken foot that she revealed last month.

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