- Title: Doping sanctions are part of anti-Russian campaign - foreign ministry
- Date: 22nd June 2017
- Summary: MOSCOW, RUSSIA (JUNE 22, 2017) (REUTERS) RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTRY SPOKESWOMAN, MARIA ZAKHAROVA, ARRIVING FOR NEWS CONFERENCE MEDIA (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTRY SPOKESWOMAN, MARIA ZAKHAROVA, SAYING: "The entire story about doping and Russia was politicised from beginning to end. I think the motivation (of the International Olympic Committee) is obvious to everyone, especially now. As we had forecast, the scale of it (doping usage allegations) described when the accusations against Russia had been presented - had not been proven. The whole story was politicised. It has dealt a blow to the Russian sports. Why had it been done? I think it was a part of the policy of isolationism, which had been declared by the United States during the (President Barack) Obama administration." MEDIA / ZAKHAROVA SPEAKING (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTRY SPOKESWOMAN, MARIA ZAKHAROVA, SAYING: "This was a concrete political order. We should give them a credit - it was not a secret. The campaign was absolutely open. They have publicly declared it, they have called to isolate Russia in all spheres. And sports, where our country has great achievements which were proven during Sochi Olympics, was one of the targets of such political strike." VARIOUS OF RUSSIAN AND RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTRY FLAGS AT MINISTRY ENTRANCE FOREIGN MINISTRY MEDIA CENTER
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- Keywords: Russia doping Russia sanctions Thomas Bach Maria Zakharova Russian foreign ministry Sochi Olympics doping scandal
- Location: MOSCOW, RUSSIA
- City: MOSCOW, RUSSIA
- Country: Russia
- Topics: Sport
- Reuters ID: LVA0016MD0FNJ
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- Story Text: Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova has described the International Olympic Committee's decision to pursue sanctions over doping by the country during the Sochi winter Olympics as "politicised".
Speaking at a press briefing on Thursday (June 22) in Moscow, she claimed it was "part of the policy of isolationism, which had been declared by the United States during the (President Barack) Obama administration".
In an interview with the New York Times published on Wednesday (June 21) IOC president Thomas Bach said Russia would still face punishment over Sochi despite its recent anti-doping efforts.
Russian sport was rocked last year by the publication of the McLaren report, commissioned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), which detailed systematic state-sponsored doping in the country.
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