Russian Sports Minister Says Athletes 'Punished Without Reason'

Speaking in Moscow on Tuesday, Russian Minister of Sports Vitali Mutko commented on the World Anti-Doping Agency's report which alleges to have uncovered state-sponsored doping programmes for Russian athletes at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. He slammed WADA, saying that it became a "punitive organisation" and it "places itself above the movement: it dictates the rules, it extends the lists and includes an endless amount of medication into the lists, it doesn't care about athletes, about their health".

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