Russia lashes out at four-year Olympic ban


The World Anti-Doping Agency, or WADA, handed down the punishment earlier this week, barring Russia as a nation but allowing individuals a chance to apply for the Games as “neutral” athletes.

The nation’s boxing federation, a force on the international scene, said Tuesday that it will not compete under those conditions.

“For us, the most important thing is that our boxers appear under the flag of Russia and the sound of our anthem,” Umar Kremlev, the federation’s general secretary, told state-run news agency RIA Novosti. “Without this, there is no sense in participating.”

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