Jun 23, 2016, 01.37 PM (IST)
Vitaly Mutko says the decision made by International Weightlifting Federation is a departure from principles and norms
Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said a decision by the International Weightlifting Federation to ban Russian weightlifters from the Rio Olympics was like "a psychotic episode", R-Sport news agency reported on Thursday.
"It is a psychotic episode as if it is dictated, accompanied by a departure from the principals and norms," R-Sport quoted Mutko as saying. "How can you punish a team which should go to the Olympic Games in 2016 for violations from 2008 or 2012? I don't know."