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Doping row because US 'can't beat us fairly' - Russia FM

AFP  |  Moscow 

Russian Sergei has said that accusations of a state-sponsored doping conspiracy which led to his country's Olympic banishment were orchestrated by the because they "can't beat us fairly".

"I think it's a form of competition without scruples because the US team, obviously, are not capable of beating us fairly at sport," said in an interview broadcast by Rossiya-1 TV and published on the website of the Russian

has been banned from taking part in the ongoing Pyeongchang in

However, the (IOC) allowed a large group of Russians deemed clean to take part as "Olympic Athletes from Russia".

Lavrov, meanwhile, accused the of engineering the ban as a means for them "to find and keep their place as indisputable in sport".

"All rivals must be pushed to one side," he added. "All means are good (in a) campaign which is anti-Russian.

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First Published: Mon, February 12 2018. 02:15 IST