Russian president Vladimir Putin has reacted to the recent news that Russian track-and-field athletes have been implicated in a doping scandal. He promises to cooperate to clean up the sport.
Figure skater Ivan Bukin is one of over 100 Russian athletes barred from the Olympics over the doping scandal. The IOC decision has bewildered Bukin and confirmed what many in Russia believe is an anti-Russian campaign.
Sport's highest court has thrown out requests from athletes and coaches to lift the order banning them from the Winter Olympics. Russia has been forbidden from participating in the games over a widespread doping scandal.
The evidence is clear - there was a systematic doping program in some Russian sports. But tying the wrongdoing of a nation to individual athletes was always going to be hard. The IOC now faces another huge crisis.
Vladimir Putin has labelled whistleblower Grigory Rodchenkov an 'idiot' but admitted there have been instances of doping in Russia. Putin's words come after Rodchenkov claimed he ran a state sponsored doping program.
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