Russia looks to put doping past behind


July 24, 2019 - 10:33 AM

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia will become a force in the medals table at next year’s Tokyo Olympics despite its current doping problems, the country’s sports minister said today.

Russia won just 19 gold medals at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, its lowest count since Soviet days. It was fourth in the medals table behind the United States, Britain and China.

“We’re not thinking about lawsuits or arguments. We’re preparing calmly,” Sports Minister Pavel Kolobkov said. “In most sports, even in sports where we didn’t have great results a while back, we will be competing for medals.”

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