Proposed doping ban will shake up Putin’s dreams of sporting prestige

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A proposed four-year doping ban on Russian athletes would deal a huge new blow to President Vladimir Putin's efforts to use sport to boost national prestige and his own reputation. But experts say the Russian leader could also turn the ban to his advantage by portraying it as a politically motivated attempt by the West to again humiliate the country at the expense of athletes. The executive committee of the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) will meet in Lausanne on December 9 to consider a recommendation for the ban, which would exclude Russians from major sports events including the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics. A Wada review panel has accused Moscow of falsifying...

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