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Wednesday 25 April 2018

Vladimir Putin blasts International Association of Athletics Federations for 'blatant discrimination'

Russian President Vladimir Putin
Russian President Vladimir Putin

Vladimir Putin has angrily accused the International Association of Athletics Federations of "blatant discrimination" for banning almost the entire Russian Olympic track and field team.

Speaking at a farewell event for Russia's Rio-bound Olympians in Moscow, the Russian President said the absence of athletes from the world's largest country would also diminish the competition.

In regards to the IAAF decision to reject the eligibility applications of 67 of Russia's 68-strong athletics team, the TASS news agency quoted Putin as saying it had "gone beyond legal boundaries as well as beyond the point of common sense".

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