Putin says banning Russia from Olympic games was ‘political’

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Monday that the imposition of a four-year ban by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) contradicts Olympic charter.

Speaking at the press-conference following Ukraine summit in Paris, Putin said that absence of complaints against Russian Olympic Committee should allow Russian athletes to compete under national flag.

Russian President also denounced collective punishment and said that it was based on “political interests” rather than on the will to promote “clean sport”.

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