The President of Russia Vladimir Putin believes that the accusations of Russia in support of the use of doping by athletes associated with the upcoming elections of the head of state. His words leads to “Interfax” on Thursday, 9 November.
“That’s what bothers me: the Olympics start in February, and elections when we have the presidential? In March. A very strong suspicion that this is all done in order to create the necessary for someone in the situation of dissatisfaction with sports fans, athletes alleged the state was involved in the violations and that it meets. (…) In response to our alleged interference in their elections [US] want to create problems in the election of the President of Russia”, — Putin said while interacting with the workers of the Chelyabinsk compressor plant.
The President stressed that currently, the international sports organizations, including the international Olympic Committee (IOC), dependent on a large number of components, in particular the sponsors, the purchasers of TV rights, and advertisers.
“And a majority is in the United States, because there are major companies who bought and paid for television rights, there are the main sponsors, there are the main advertisers,” — said the Russian leader.
On 7 November, the press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov said that the government was not involved in the use by athletes of doping.
A day earlier, in The New York Times reported that the Russian national anthem may be prohibited in Pyeongchang. The IOC will consider these sanctions as punishment for the violation by the Russians of anti-doping rules at the Olympic games-2014 in Sochi.
The decision on admission to the Russian team to the Games in 2018 should be taken at the IOC Executive Board in early December.