Why Putin won’t admit the truth about doping

The Russian president will continue to deny state involvement because the stakes are too high, writes Leonid Bershidsky

24th July, 2016
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The mens steeplechase final at the 2013 World Athletics Championships in Moscow Picture: AP

Russian President Vladimir Putin is changing his tune about the doping scandal that has engulfed Russian Olympic and Paralympic athletes. As proof mounts that the use of performance-enhancing drugs is a state-sponsored system in Russia, Putin appears less and less willing to cooperate with international sports organisations and increasingly inclined to complain about political conspiracies against his country.

The issue is no longer just Russian athletes’ participation in the Rio Olympics: it’s about Putin’s state...

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