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Putin Gets Split Decision as Russia Doping Ban Is Cut by Court

  • Country still banned from next two Olympics and World Cup
  • Russia gets original four-year penalty reduced by sports court
Vladimir Putin

Vladimir Putin

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Russian President Vladimir Putin got sport’s top court to reduce his country’s four-year doping ban, a political win that still stops its teams from participating in the next Olympics.

The World Anti-Doping Agency’s penalty was cut to two years from this week by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, based in Lausanne, home to the International Olympic Committee.