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Putin: Russian Paralympic ban ‘cynical & immoral’

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The ruling of the Court of Arbitration for Sport on the Russian Paralympic team ban is cynical and immoral, President Vladimir Putin has said, adding that Russia will not accept accusations of doping without proof.

Speaking to the Russian Olympic team – which has recently returned from the Rio 2016 Games – Putin congratulated the athletes on their performance.

With Russia’s track and field team banned from this summer’s Olympics, the nation still finished fourth in the medal standings, behind the US, Great Britain and China. The country won 19 gold, 18 silver and 19 bronze medals.

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