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Reeling from doping ban, Moscow blames 'anti-Russian hysteria'

9.12.2019

Reeling from doping ban , Moscow blames 'anti- Russia n hysteria'

It accused Russia of falsifying laboratory doping data handed over earlier this year to investigators probing claims of widespread doping.

Under the sanctions, Russian sportsmen and women will still be allowed to compete at the Olympics next year but only if they can demonstrate that they were not part of what WADA believes was a state-sponsored system of doping.

While admitting there have been instances of doping, Russian officials say the country is no worse than any other. Some have accused other countries of pursuing the ban to remove Russian athletes from competition.

"Unfortunately this is politics, I don't smell any sport here," he told state news agency TASS.

The ban was widened to include all events at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, though Russian competitors who could prove they were above suspicion were able to compete as neutrals under the Olympic flag.

The country's athletes "must go to the Olympics whatever the situation," said the head of Russia's swimming federation, Vladimir Salnikov.

Vyacheslav Fetisov, a Soviet-era ice hockey legend and now pro-government lawmaker, denounced what he called the "collective punishment" of Russia's athletes.

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