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

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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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