Russian Official Apologizes for Doping Problem but Says Athletes Shouldn’t Be Barred


Vitaly Mutko last month. In an article published Sunday, he wrote that Russian officials were doing all they could to stamp out doping by the country’s athletes.

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Russia, facing deepening scrutiny over accusations that it orchestrated a doping campaign during the Sochi Olympics in 2014, on Sunday made a public plea for its track and field athletes to be allowed to compete in this summer’s Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Writing in The Sunday Times, a British newspaper, the Russian sports minister said Russian officials, coaches and athletes made “serious mistakes,” but he stopped short of specifying them or admitting to any state…

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