Putin apologizes to Russian Olympians for doping scandal

Russian President Vladimir Putin holds a jersey reading 'Russia in my heart' during a meeting Wednesday with Russian athletes and team members. Photo by Grigory Dukor/EPA

Jan. 31 (UPI) — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday apologized to the country’s Olympic athletes and asked them to forgive authorities for failing to protect them from the doping scandal.

Putin made the remarks during a meeting with Russian athletes who will participate in the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang next month, telling them sporting victories are difficult to achieve when politics are involved.


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