Russian President Vladimir Putin proclaimed that his country’s track and field athletes are victims of “discrimination” as doping authorities have “unfairly” targeted Russian athletes.

Putin’s remarks were made in an address to 100 Russian athletes in Moscow on Wednesday, days before the start of the Rio Olympics. Russia’s track and field team was banned from the Summer Games outright and several other athletes from the country have been barred from the competition in the wake of investigations by the World Anti-Doping Agency.

“We can’t accept indiscriminate disqualification of our athletes with an absolutely clean doping history,” Putin said. “We cannot and will not accept what in fact is pure discrimination.”.. see more