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Some 169 Russian athletes have been cleared to compete at the Pyeongchang Olympic Games next month Emanuele Giaccherini World Cup Jersey , but not the top ones, a Russian Olympic Committee official has said.

"Unfortunately, our top athletes did not make it onto this list," Stanislav Pozdnyakov, the vice-president of the Russian Olympic Committee Eder World Cup Jersey , told reporters without saying which athletes won't compete.

"Those 169 people are those who will defend our country's honour at the PyeongChang Olympic Games."

The announcement comes after Russian sports officials said several of the country's top competitors, including short-track speed skater Viktor Ahn and biathlete Anton Shipulin, had not made it onto the International Olympic Committee (IOC) list of athletes eligible to compete in Pyeongchang.

Russia's figure skating federation said this week that pairs skater Ksenia Stolbova, who won silver at the European championships with partner Fedor Klimov in Moscow last week, and ice dancer Ivan Bukin Davide Astori World Cup Jersey , who won bronze with Alexandra Stepanova, had not been included on the IOC's list.

The IOC banned Russia last month from PyeongChang over "systematic manipulation" of the anti-doping system at the 2014 Sochi Games. It left the door open to athletes with no history of doping to compete as "Olympic Athletes from Russia".

The Olympic body earlier this week said that the exclusion of certain athletes from the list of eligible Russians did not necessarily mean they had doped.

Speaking alongside Pozdnyakov at the Russia's Olympic Committee, Sports Minister Pavel Kolobkov said Russia would take legal measures to defend the athletes excluded from the Olympics.

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"We will fight for every last athlete," Kolobkov said. "We are really hoping for a fair decision by the Court of Arbitration for Sport."

He added that Russia was planning to organise alternative competitions for the athletes excluded from the Olympics.(Agencies)

NEW YORK, Feb. 28 (Xinhua) -- Oil prices ended lower on Tuesday as investors amid rising concerns about U.S. oil oversupply.

U.S. crude inventories have been rising for seven consecutive weeks, and market forecast that an eighth build of 2.9 million barrels occurred last week.

U.S. rigs classified as drilling for oil are up 5 to 602 last week, according to data released by oilfield service company Baker Hughes on Friday. It was the first time U.S. oil rigs topped 600 since October 2015.

Analysts said the data fueled worries that global crude oil glut may be intensified.

The West Texas Intermediate for April Delivery lost 0.04 dollars to settle at 54.01 dollars a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, while Brent crude for April delivery decreased 0.34 dollars to close at 55.59 dollars a barrel on the London ICE Futures Exchange.

PARIS, May 17 (Xinhua) -- The secretary-general of French President's office Alexis Kohler Wednesday announced the formation of the new government Daniele Padelli World Cup Jersey , headed by the conservative lawmaker Edouard Philippe who was appointed as Prime Minister on Monday by Emmanuel Macron.

In his first cabinet line-up, the new head of state mixed profiles unknown for public with others coming from the political mainstream to end decades of right-left divide.

The Socialist veteran, Gerard Collomb, mayor of Lyon was named as interior minister while centrist politician Francois Bayrou was appointed to take the charge of justice portfolio. The two men have been supporters of Macron during election's campaign.

From the outgoing Socialist government, Jean-Yves le Drian Claudio Marchisio World Cup Jersey , ex-defense minister and a close ally to former president Francois Hollande was the sole survivor. He took his place to lead European and foreign affairs.

From the right-wing, Bruno Le Maire, a pro-European, was picked as economy minister. Nicolas Hulot, a veteran ecologist activist Ciro Immobile World Cup Jersey , was named as ecology minister.

The list name, which included 18 ministers and four junior ministers, contained several female faces, a move with which the country's new top official wants to deliver on gender parity promise he had campaigned for.

In the list appeared Sylvie Goulard, a centrist EU lawmaker Antonio Candreva World Cup Jersey , in charge of defense affairs, Agnes Buzyn, solidarity and health minister and Muriel Penicaud, a minister in charge of employment issue.


Seeking for wide support ahead of legislative election next month Angelo Ogbonna World Cup Jersey , Macron attracted to his cabinet many faces from the country's traditional parties which had alternated power over six decades.

His move to broaden his political base had fueled critics in the right and left camps.

"The main objective of this provisional government of confusion is to blur the French's guide lines during the campaign of the parliamentary elections," said Bernard Accoyer secretary-general of the center-right "The Republicans" party.

"By choosing to compose a disparate ministerial team, Emmanuel Macron continues to maintain ambiguity in the democratic debate," he added in a statement.

Accoyer announced that the conservatives who joined the government were struck off the party.

On his tweeter account, Jean-Christophe Cambadelis Andrea Barzagli World Cup Jersey , chief of the Socialist Party, wrote "a new government but not a government of renewal..."

Far-leftist Jean-Luc Melenchon, who eyes to build a strong opposition in the legislative election, denounced "a right-wing government" and called nomination of environmentalist Nicolas Hulot to manage ecology ministry a "heart breaker".

However, some others see the other face of the coin.

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