The suspension of Russian Paralympic athletes humiliates the IPC, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at a state awards ceremony on Thursday.
"I am sorry for those who make such decisions. They cannot fail to understand that it is humiliating for them," Putin said.
The president has also stressed that the anti-doping commissions’ activity should be transparent.
"The international anti-doping structures definitely need to improve their work in order to be free from any political pressure," Putin said.
Putin has pointed out that victimizing parathletes and barring them from participation in the Games for political reasons is cynical. He was speaking at a ceremony of presenting state awards to the champions of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in Moscow on Thursday.
"To our great regret we have been witnesses to humanistic basics of sports and Olympism being blatantly suppressed by politicians, to time-serving decisions being made, to such qualities as greed and, possibly, cowardice, gain an upper hand over the principles of Olympism," Putin said.
First published by TASS.
All rights reserved by Rossiyskaya Gazeta.
to our newsletter!
Get the week's best stories straight to your inbox