Putin orders doping investigation

Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered an investigation into claims the country’s athletes have been part of a systematic doping programme, the BBC reports.

Putin was speaking for the first time since a World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) independent commission revealed its damning findings on Monday.

He said he wanted “professional co-operation” with anti-doping bodies.

“The battle must be open,” said Putin. “A sporting contest is only interesting when it is honest.”

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