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PARALYMPICS-RUSSIA/PUTIN Vladimir Putin says ban on Russian Paralympic team 'hypocritical, cowardly'

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President Vladimir Putin said a decision to ban Russia's Paralympic team from competing in Rio had been "hypocritical and cowardly".

Speaking to Russian Paralympians during a special ceremony in the Kremlin that celebrated their achievements...

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MOSCOW, RUSSIA (SEPTEMBER 19, 2016) (REUTERS)
VARIOUS EXTERIORS OF KREMLIN
VARIOUS OF RUSSIAN PARALYMPIANS SEATED AT DINNER INSIDE THE KREMLIN
RUSSIAN PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN WALKING INTO ROOM, AND W...

MOSCOW, RUSSIA (SEPTEMBER 19, 2016) (REUTERS)
VARIOUS EXTERIORS OF KREMLIN
VARIOUS OF RUSSIAN PARALYMPIANS SEATED AT DINNER INSIDE THE KREMLIN
RUSSIAN PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN WALKING INTO ROOM, AND WALKING TO PODIUM
(SOUNDBITE) (Russian) RUSSIAN PRESIDENT, VLADIMIR PUTIN, SAYING:
"They (IPC) played with you in a non-sporting way and not honestly. I speak of the undeserved, unfair dismissal of our team from participating in the Paralympics."
PARALYMPIANS LISTENING
(SOUNDBITE) (Russian) RUSSIAN PRESIDENT, VLADIMIR PUTIN, SAYING:
"We do not welcome the activities of any hackers, as you know, but thanks to them, it became known that the people who took part in the Olympic Games and who looked to all absolutely healthy - it turns out - were taking illegal medicines, which gave and give clear advantages in sporting contests. And for some reason, our Paralympians, based only on some unclear suspicion that they were taking some unclear medicines - are being excluded from the Paralympics. Of course, this decision is unfair, hypocritical and cowardly."
PARALYMPIANS LISTENING
(SOUNDBITE) (Russian) RUSSIAN PRESIDENT, VLADIMIR PUTIN, SAYING:
"We are all interested in bringing to an end the current difficult period in the world of sport as soon as possible. Russia cooperates closely with international organisations and its independent public anti-doping commission is actively working. We advocate the formation of a clear, equal and fully transparent monitoring system in the sports sector, including in anti-doping issues; here there should be no politics, no hypocrisy and no double standards. I have already said during a meeting with our Olympic team in the Kremlin - this anti-doping work at the international level should be carried out completely openly. This is not some kind of spying affair, what is there to hide here?"
PARALYMPIANS APPLAUDING
VARIOUS OF PUTIN AWARDING PARALYMPIANS WITH CERTIFICATE AND FLOWERS, PARALYMPIANS LOOKING ON
PUTIN WALKING AWAY FROM PODIUM AND SHAKING HANDS WITH SPORTS OFFICIALS

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