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 19 European countries demand suspending Russia from Olympics

Ministers of culture and sport of 19 European countries signed a letter supporting Russia's exclusion from all international competitions.

Censor.NET reports citing ZN.UA.

The letter not only expresses support to fighting against doping, but also puts forward the recommendation to exclude Russia from all international competitions, including the Olympic Games in Brazil.

The letter was initiated by Minister of Culture and Sport of Denmark Bertel Haarder. He was supported by his colleagues from Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Ireland, Croatia, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Sweden, United Kingdom, Czech Republic and Austria.

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Berter Haarder said that this was a clear signal that the countries wanted to see clean sport without any fraud. He added that doping was insulting for sports and athlets community. The official stressed that the fact that the fraud had been organized by an entire nation was even more disgusting.

Earlier, the National Anti-Doping Center of Ukraine called on the International Olympic Committee to suspend the Russian Federation from the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. The relevant letter was sent to the IOC president on July 20.Источник: https://censor.net.ua/en/n400059