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Winter Olympics doping ban met with righteous anger in Russia

Officials and public figures say IOC decision to ban Russian team from 2018 Games amounts to ‘war’, ‘racism’ and ‘genocide’

Russian officials and public figures have referred to the ban on the Russian team from taking part in the 2018 Winter Olympics as “war”, “racism” and “genocide”, as Tuesday evening’s announcement by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) was met by a wave of anger.

The allegations of doping were hardly mentioned as officials and ordinary Russians attempted to portray the punishments merely as the west acting to keep brave Russia down.

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