Dop­ing al­le­ga­tions ‘US plot,’ says Putin

The Scotsman - - World News - By MAR­GARET NEIGH­BOUR

Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin has sug­gested that a flurry of Rus­sian sports dop­ing al­le­ga­tions could be an Amer­i­can at­tempt to in­ter­fere in next year’s Rus­sian pres­i­den­tial elec­tion.

Yes­ter­day, four Rus­sian cross-coun­try skiers were found guilty of dop­ing at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. In all, six Rus­sian skiers have been found guilty by an In­ter­na­tional Olympics Com­mit­tee com­mis­sion.

Mr Putin noted that in­ter­na­tional sports or­gan­i­sa­tions have a com­plex mix of “re­la­tion­ships and de­pen­den­cies”.

He said “the con­trol­ling stake is in the United States” where spon­sors and tele­vi­sion broad­cast­ers are con­cen­trated.

“In re­sponse to our al­leged in­ter­fer­ence in their elec­tions, they want to cre­ate prob­lems dur­ing the elec­tion of the pres­i­dent of Rus­sia,” he said.

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