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    WADA Report: Doping for Russia-Bashers

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    The World Anti-Doping Agency launched a global campaign against Russian athletes and lobbied for them to be banned from Rio Olympics in an attempt to make sports another tool of political pressure on Russia.

    In a New York Times article titled “Putin’s Swift Reaction to Doping Report Blames Anti-Russian Politics” and written by Neil MacFarquhar, the outlet reports that:

    “Monday’s damaging report by the World Anti-Doping Agency placed a large question mark over the Sochi medals, and it could well lead to the suspension of the entire Russian Olympic team from the Rio de Janeiro Summer Games, less than three weeks away. So Mr. Putin has little time to address a problem that strikes at his and Russia’s prestige”.

    Ernest Sultanov, coordinator at MIR-Initiative think-tank (studio guest); Brian Yeung, independent geopolitical analyst from Hong Kong (studio guest); Andrei Fedorov, Russia’s ex-deputy Foreign Minister and head of the Center for Political Studies; and Fred Weir, Head of Moscow bureau of the Christian Science Monitor joined us to discuss the issue.

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    doping scandal, doping, athletes, sports, Olympics, ban, Rio Olympics, CAS, WADA, Russia
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