Russia: “It is necessary to fight against doping” says Putin during Sochi visit

Russian President Vladimir Putin said "it is necessary to fight against doping" during a visit to the training complex of Russia's national wrestling team, in Sochi on Wednesday. Putin along with Russian Sports Minister Vitali Mutko were in Sochi to inspect Russia's national team's preparations ahead of the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro next year. As well as visiting the wrestling team Putin also inspected the nation's weightlifting team, wherein which he received an invite to the 'Weightlifting Cup of the President of the Russian Federation,' Putin's visit comes following accusations from the World Anti-Doping Agency's report that alleges widespread doping among Russia's athletes, accusing officials, including Russia's sports minister, of systematic cover-ups. Former WADA chief Dick Pound led the 11-month investigation which alleges systematic doping cover-ups in Russia and recommends that Russia's track and field athletes be suspended by the upcoming Olympic Games. Mutko, responding to the allegations, branded WADA's recommendations a "far-fetched conjecture," accusing Pound of using "unverified sources."

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