Putin orders probe into claims of Russian drug use

Putin orders probe into claims of Russian drug use

President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia on Wednesday ordered an investigation into allegations of widespread doping among the country’s sports figures.

Putin, in a late-night meeting with the heads of Russia’s sports federations, called for an inquiry that would cooperate with global antidoping organizations. The meeting came in the wake of the World Anti-Doping Agency report released Monday that said Russian sports were plagued by state-sponsored doping.

The allegations have raised the prospect of Russia’s track and field athletes being denied participation in next year’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

“The struggle with doping in sports, unfortunately, remains a pressing issue, and it requires unending attention,” Putin said. Putin is up against a Friday deadline for track’s governing body, the International Association of Athletics Federations, to decide whether to suspend Russia, a first step toward excluding its athletes from the Games. Read more

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