Putin slams 'discrimination' against Russian athletes

Jul 28, 2016

Putin slams 'discrimination' against Russian athletes

Russian President Vladimir Putin hit out at “discrimination” against the country’s banned track and field athletes at a Kremlin send-off ceremony Wednesday for its depleted Olympic team. Fencers and triathletes became the latest team of Russians to be cleared to compete in the Olympics ...

Jul 28, 2016

Speed skating legend Pechstein rips Bach

Five-time Olympic speed skating champion Claudia Pechstein was the latest prominent German to lash out Wednesday at compatriot Thomas Bach, president of the IOC, over the IOC’s stance on state-run Russian doping. “In my eyes, Bach can be bought politically,” Pechstein, who was handed ...

More Russian athletes hit with bans

Jul 27, 2016

More Russian athletes hit with bans

At least 105 athletes from the 387-strong Russian Olympic team announced last week have been barred from the Rio Games in connection with the country’s doping scandal. International federations in canoeing, sailing and modern pentathlon ruled out eight on Tuesday, including an Olympic gold ...