Athletics – Athletics: Mutko meets Putin over Russia doping charges

Russia's President Vladimir Putin (L) and Russia's Minister of Sport Vitaly Mutko attend a farewell ceremony for members of the Russian Olympic team at the Kremlin in Moscow, prior to their departure for the Olympic Games in London, on July 21, 2012– Calls for Russia to be excluded from the 2016 Olympics over doping allegations are aimed at tarnishing the country’s image, Russia’s sports minister said before meeting President Vladimir Putin. “This possibility exists because some benefit from removing a direct competitor, and others benefit from soiling the country’s image,” Vitaly Mutko told RIA Novosti news agency, adding that honest Russian athletes should not have to suffer from “those who break some rules”. …

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