No Russian Olympic boycott: Putin

File picture of Vladimir Putin. Photograph:( Zee News Network )

AFP Moscow, Russia Dec 06, 2017, 03.53 PM (IST)

Putin on Wednesday said Russia would not prevent athletes from competing at the 2018 Winter Games under the Olympic flag, after the IOC banned the country over a doping scandal. 

"We will certainly not declare any boycott, we will not prevent our Olympians from competing, if they want to take part in a personal capacity," news agencies quoted him as saying during a speech at an automobile plant in Nizhny Novgorod, where he also announced he would run for a fourth presidential term next year.