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Russian Sports Minister says weightlifting ban was like a 'psychotic episode'

Russian Sports Minister on weightlifting ban Photograph: (Getty)

Reuters Moscow, Russia Jun 23, 2016, 06.48 AM (IST)
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."

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