Russian President Vladimir Putin prompt Thursday that the United States is attempting to intervene in Russia’s presidential elections by means of punishments meted out in opposition to its Olympic athletes, based on a state information company.
“In response to our alleged interference in their elections [in the United States], they want to stir up problems during [the] Russian presidential election,” Putin mentioned, based on the state information company TASS.
The World Anti-Doping Agency final yr accused Russia of working a state-sponsored doping system from 2011 to 2015.
The International Olympic Committee, or IOC, on Thursday introduced sanctions in opposition to 4 Russian athletes badociated to the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, saying they dedicated anti-doping rule violations. The IOC introduced sanctions in opposition to two different Russian athletes for doping violations from the 2014 Sochi video games on Nov. 1.
Putin has not formally declared his candidacy but within the March election.
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Russia has denied having a state-run doping system. Putin mentioned Thursday that the nation has by no means had such a system, however he acknowledged that “certain instances [of doping abuse] are taking place just like in other countries,” based on TASS.
But Putin prompt that the United States was behind the allegations by attempting to attract a hyperlink between the Winter Olympics in South Korea in February and Russia’s presidential election, based on TASS. Putin claimed that the Olympics rely upon TV broadcast rights and advertisers.
“There are vast suspicions that all this is being done to stoke an atmosphere necessary for someone where sports fans and athletes are disgruntled over the fact that the state is allegedly involved in breaches and it is responsible for that,” Putin mentioned, based on TASS.
U.S. intelligence providers have concluded that Russia was concerned in a marketing campaign to attempt to affect the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
A public report launched in January alleged that Putin ordered an affect marketing campaign in 2016 to undermine public religion within the U.S. democratic course of, denigrate Hillary Clinton and badist Donald Trump.
The IOC is predicted to decide on the participation of Russian athletes on the 2018 Winter Games in December, the committee mentioned.
The Russian Cross-Country Ski Federation mentioned Thursday that 4 cross-country skiers on the Sochi Olympics had been disqualified by the IOC and banned from all future Olympics: Maxim Vylegzhanin, Alexei Petukhov, Yulia Ivanova and Evgenia Shapovalova. Vylegzhanin gained three silver medals in Sochi, however not one of the others gained medals.
Six Russian cross-country skiers have been discovered responsible of doping on the Sochi Olympics by an IOC fee.