IOC decision on Russia part of larger campaign against Moscow – FM

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Moscow said the decision of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on the participation of Russia in the upcoming Winter Olympics is part of a large-scale attack, an attempt to chase Russia away from professional sport.

On Tuesday, the IOC Executive Board suspended the Russian National Olympic Committee over “systematic manipulation” of the anti-doping system.

According to the IOC decision, selected Russian athletes will be allowed to compete in the 2018 Winter Olympic Games under the Olympic Flag.

Spokesperson for the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova said Wednesday”“this is a large-scale attack. I think it is connected to the fact that an upfront attempt to isolate Russia … fell apart, did not succeed.”

According to the spokeswoman, Russian athletes are facing groundless accusations.

“This is Russia being de facto squeezed out of the professional sport,” Zakharova said.

Earliar, the Russian upper house’s commission on state sovereignty protection has obtained information about attempts of outside parties interfering in the country’s internal affairs with the use of sports-related issues amid preparations for the 2018 presidential election.

The commission’s chairman said the members of our commission have seen certain documents about the attempts to interfere in our domestic issues through sports.

“I should stress that it had been registered before all the [IOC] decisions.

“These scandals target the most important event of the next year, the 2018 election,” Andrey Klimov said at a press conference at the Rossiya Segodnya International Information Agency.

The lawmaker added that such attempts had been related to activities of both the United States and Western European countries.

Klimov further noted that the majority of officials who hold positions of leadership within the World Anti-Doping Agency represented NATO member states.

Inspite of the Tuesday decision of the IOC, the IOC Disciplinary Commission, headed by Samuel Schmid,  said that it had not found any documented and independent evidence that “the highest state authority” was aware of the doping-related scheme.

The presidential election in Russia is scheduled for March 2018, while the campaign should start later this month.


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