MOSCOW: President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday the absence of top Russian competitors will “markedly lower” next month’s Rio Games, as he met competitors set for Brazil and those barred over state-run doping. Over 100 Russians have so far been banned
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President Vladimir Putin risks personal humiliation if all Russian competitors are banned from the Rio Olympics over doping, as now seems possible; yet the man on whose watch this may happen, Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko, is not being fired. The
Disgraced ex-FIFA president Sepp Blatter plans to attend the 2018 World Cup finals as a guest of Russian President Vladimir Putin, which would currently contravene his six-year ban. Blatter’s spokesman on Thursday confirmed to AFP a report in the Frankfurter
President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday blamed Russian sports officials for failing to warn athletes that meldonium was being banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). Putin told a government meeting that officials “did not update our stop-lists and inform our