Putin: No place for doping in sports
President Vladimir Putin insisted yesterday that Russia was committed to wiping out doping in a last-ditch push to avoid a possible blanket ban from the Rio Olympics over state-run drug cheating.
"The official position of the Russian authorities - the government, the president and all of us - is that in sport, there is not and can be no place for doping," Putin told government ministers.
"To do this, it is obligatory to cooperate as closely as possible with the disciplinary committee of the International Olympic Committee, the World Anti-Doping Agency and the international sports federations."
Putin also ordered Russia's Olympic committee to set up an anti-doping commission to include both Russian and international specialists to try to clean up the country's image.