Russia: IOC Russia ban due to US looking to regain sports supremacy - Lavrov

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stated that the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) decision to ban Russian athletes from the 2018 Winter Olympics was aimed at returning the US its supremacy in sports, in an interview in Moscow on Monday.

According to Lavrov, the IOC ban was "part of the unfair competition, because the Americans appear to no longer be able to beat us in an honest game. They believe that in order for them to regain and retain an unconditional title of the world leader in sports, they need to quietly move their rivals aside. Now the anti-Russian campaign, interference in elections and et cetera turned out to be at hand."

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