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Putin says IPC’s decision to ban Russian Paralympians ‘unfair, biased and cowardly’

September 19, 17:29 UTC+3
Russian President Vladimir Putin believes that anti-doping efforts are not 'spy games'
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MOSCOW, September 19. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin blasted on Monday the decision made by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) to ban the whole Russian national team from participating in the world’s much-anticipated Paralympic Games, held earlier this month in Brazil.

"This decision is undoubtedly unfair, insincere and cowardly," Putin said during his meeting on Monday with the national Paralympic team.

Russia will hold regular open competitions for Paralympic athletes, the president added. 

"I think the events like the open Russian tournaments in Paralympic disciplines should become regular and we'll be organizing and holding them on a regular basis," he said.

The president also noted that Russia disapproves of the recent cyber-attacks on the database of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). And yet the hacked information helped to bring to light interesting facts in the world of sports. 

"We are not approving of the recent attacks of hackers, however, they shed the light on people, who participated in the Olympics and were absolutely clean for everyone, but in fact consumed prohibited performance enhancing drugs to gain advantage in sports competitions," Putin said during his meeting with the Russian Paralympic team, banned from 2016 Summer Paralympics in Brazil. 

Vladimir Putin also believes that anti-doping efforts are not 'spy games' and there should be no confidentiality in it:

"This anti-doping work at the international level should be done absolutely openly," he said. "These are not some petty spy undertakings. There's nothing to be concealed there.".

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