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Why Putin refuses to admit to state-sponsored doping

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Russian President Vladimir Putin  won’t admit to the  massive state-sponsored doping of Russia’s would-be Olympic athletes because that might  be seen as admitting that Mr. Putin  himself

is a criminal.

And so, Bloomberg reports, “Putin appears less and less willing to cooperate with international sports organizations and increasingly inclined to complain about political conspiracies against his country.”

“The issue is no longer just Russian athletes’ participation in the Rio Olympics: It’s about Putin’s state being labeled as criminal. Putin’s reaction under these circumstances — as when a Malaysian airliner was shot down over eastern Ukraine two years ago and Russia and its proxies were strongly implicated — is to deny, deny, deny.”

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