June 23, 2016 / 6:32 AM / in a year

Russia says weightlifting ban is a 'psychotic episode' on someone's orders: R-Sport

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Sport Minister Vitaly Mutko said a decision by the International Weightlifting Federation to ban Russia weightlifters from the Rio Olympics was like “a psychotic episode”, R-Sport news agency reported on Thursday.

Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko speaks during an interview with Reuters in Moscow, Russia, June 21, 2016. REUTERS/Maxim Zmeyev

“It is a psychotic episode, as if it is dictated, accompanied by a departure from the principals and norms,” R-Sport quoted Mutko as saying. “How can you punish a team which should go to the Olympic Games in 2016 for violations from 2008 or 2012? I don’t know.”

Reporting by Jack Stubbs; Editing by Maria Tsvetkova

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