Putin: hack of Olympic ath­letes data re­veals WADA hypocrisy

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MOSCOW » Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin says the hack of Olympic ath­letes’ data has cast a spot­light on a “hyp­o­crit­i­cal” de­ci­sion to bar Rus­sian ath­letes from the Rio Par­a­lympics.

Putin spoke Monday as the hack­ers’ group known as Fancy Bears, which the World Anti-Dop­ing Agency said was linked to Rus­sia, un­loaded an­other pack­age of Olympic ath­letes’ data. The ath­letes had per­mis­sion from sports or anti-dop­ing bod­ies to use med­i­ca­tions that would other­wise be banned.

Putin says that while “we don’t ap­prove of the hack­ers’ ac­tion, it has helped re­veal that peo­ple, who took part in the Olympics and looked ab­so­lutely healthy, had taken banned medicines giv­ing them an edge in com­pe­ti­tion.”

In con­trast, he adds, Rus­sian Par­a­lympic ath­letes were banned from the Rio Games on a sus­pi­cion, a de­ci­sion he slammed as “dis­hon­est, hyp­o­crit­i­cal and cow­ardly.”

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