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Putin Vows Sport ‘Changes’ After Olympics

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Russian President Vladimir Putin promised Wednesday the government would make “changes” to Russian sport after the Olympics.

Russian President Vladimir Putin promised Wednesday the government would make “changes” to Russian sport after the Olympics.

Russia is now fifth in the medals table with ten gold medals after a slow start that saw the country win just three golds in the first eight days and prompted a bout of soul-searching in the Russian media.

“We’ll analyze the results a bit later and we’ll make relevant changes,” Putin said, adding that he congratulated Russian athletes on their success.

He also suggested that it was too early to call the Olympics a failure for Russia.

“The Olympics have yet to finish, it’s still too early to add up the final results.”

The Russian government proposed a change to the law last month that would give the state the power to hire and fire the leadership of sports federation that receive more than half their income from the government.

The Olympics end Sunday.