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Putin: Olympics boycott outrage towards athletes

February 08, 2014, 1:17 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Putin added that there are always some people that want to do harm to Russia
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MOSCOW, February 08. /ITAR-TASS/. The boycott of the Sochi Olympics is an outrage towards athletes, who have been preparing to these starts all their life, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in the documentary “The Philosophy of the Soft Way” aired on TV channel Rossiya-1 on Saturday.

“This is just outrage towards athletes. People have been preparing for the main start in their lives, and the world is waiting for these starts,” he said. “And unexpectedly some people having nothing in common with sports take such decisions to their discretion,” he noted.

Putin added that there are always some people that want to do harm to Russia. “This is also an element of competitive struggle. We should take it as an ordinary phenomenon,” he added, recalling that Olympic movement has already ‘stumbled’ in 1980, when several countries boycotted the Olympics in Moscow over bringing Soviet troops in Afghanistan.

“There are always some people who want to put a fly in the ointment. I believe that these people are short-sighted and they do not understand what they are doing,” the president added.

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