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Putin Slams Discrimination as Banned Athletes Join Send-Off

FILE - In this Feb. 5, 2014 file photo Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, visits the Olympic Athletes Village in Coastal Cluster ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics with Olympic Village Mayor Elena Isinbaeva, left, and Russian Minister of Sport, Tourism and Youth policy Vitaly Mutko in Sochi, Russia. On Monday, July 18, 2016 WADA investigator Richard McLaren confirmed claims of state-run doping in Russia. (Pascal Le Segretain/Pool Photo via AP, file)
FILE - In this Feb. 5, 2014 file photo Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, visits the Olympic Athletes Village in Coastal Cluster ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics with Olympic Village Mayor Elena Isinbaeva, left, and Russian Minister of Sport, Tourism and Youth policy Vitaly Mutko in Sochi, Russia. On Monday, July 18, 2016 WADA investigator Richard McLaren confirmed claims of state-run doping in Russia. (Pascal Le Segretain/Pool Photo via AP, file)

MOSCOW—Russian President Vladimir Putin hit out at “discrimination” against the country’s banned track and field athletes at a Kremlin send-off ceremony Wednesday for its depleted...




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  • FILE - In this July 6 2016 file photo Oscar Pistorius, center, arrives at the High Court in Pretoria, South Africa where he was sentenced to six years for the the killing of his girlfriend Reeve Steenkamp. The National Prosecuting Authority says it is going to appeal the jail sentence, stating that it was "shockingly too lenient". (AP Photo/Shiraaz Mohamed, File)

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  • FILE - In this Feb. 5, 2014 file photo Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, visits the Olympic Athletes Village in Coastal Cluster ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics with Olympic Village Mayor Elena Isinbaeva, left, and Russian Minister of Sport, Tourism and Youth policy Vitaly Mutko in Sochi, Russia. On Monday, July 18, 2016 WADA investigator Richard McLaren confirmed claims of state-run doping in Russia. (Pascal Le Segretain/Pool Photo via AP, file)

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  • International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach leaves after a press conference following an IOC executive meeting in Lausanne on June 3, 2016. 

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  • Police officers and firemen welcome passengers with a banner reading "Welcome to Hell" and other slogans as they protest against the government for delay in their salary payments at Tom Jobim International Airport in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, July 4, 2016. The Police has been mounting street protests since last week, saying that they have not been fully paid for months as Rio state's budget hovers on the edge of bankruptcy. Earlier this month, the state authorities in Rio declared "state of public calamity "about a major crisis budget in order to release emergency funds to finance the Olympic Games due to start in August. / AFP / VANDERLEI ALMEIDA (Photo credit should read VANDERLEI ALMEIDA/AFP/Getty Images)

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