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Cotton Statement on the Confirmation of a Russian Olympic Doping Scheme

May 13, 2016

Contact: Caroline Rabbitt (202) 224-2353

Washington, D.C.- Senator Tom Cotton today released the following statement on confirmation from a former Russian conspirator of a Russian Olympic doping scheme:

"Confirmation from Russia's former top doping expert that Vladimir Putin put intelligence operatives to work on a massive Olympic doping scheme makes clear once again that Russia is a KGB state led by a KGB spy. This brazen fraud cheated true Olympians out of their life-long dreams and undermined the integrity of the Games. And it also reveals the insecurity of the Russian autocrat. He feels he needs to steal gold medals to divert his people's attention away from Russia's failing economy and his corrupt and repressive rule. The International Olympic Committee should should strip these Russian dopers of their medals and award them to the rightful winners."