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    Blaming Putin for Russian Doping Scandal 'Absurd' - Sports Minister

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    According to the Russian sports minister, holding the country's president responsible for the doping scandal among athletes is "absurd".

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Blaming Russian President Vladimir Putin for the doping scandal among athletes is absurd, Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said.

    “Our American and other partners have practically blamed the president for the doping [scandal], which makes things absurd. Those responsible [in the scandal] must be held accountable,” Mutko told R-Sports by telephone.

    Earlier in the day, media reported Putin could be aware of violations of doping regulations by Russian athletes in 2013.

    Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko gives a press conference on November 30, 2010 in Zurich before his country's 2018 World Cup bid to world football's ruling body FIFA
    The anti-doping scandal erupted in November 2015, when the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) published a report accusing Russia of violating global anti-doping rules.

    Russia was provisionally suspended from track and field over the accusations.

    Mutko said that the WADA report had not presented any evidence of Russia supporting the use of doping by athletes, while Putin ordered to conduct an internal investigation.


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