Russia: «There are no doubts about political motives» — Putin on doping ban

«We will help our athletes assert their honour and dignity,» Russian President Vladimir Putin told journalists in Moscow, Thursday, during his annual marathon Q&A. He was commenting on the International Olympic Committee's decision to ban Russia from the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Games. While acknowledging that «there were real cases of doping usage revealed,» Putin said there were nevertheless «no... Еще doubts about political motives» surrounding the case. Putin also said «the decision [to ban Russia from taking part in the Olympic Games] should not be based on the testimony of these people,» in reference to former head of the Moscow anti-doping laboratory and key whistleblower Grigory Rodchenkov. «That he is under FBI control and protection — for us, it is not positive, but negative, because then it means that he is under the control of the US special services,» he added of Rodchenkov who is under witness protection in the US. «What are they doing with him [Rodchenkov]? What kind of medicine are they giving to him, so he would say what is needed?,» Putin added. Putin also expressed his hope that relations with the World Anti-Doping Committee as well as the International Olympic Committee could be «constructive.»


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