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Russia to create sports competition for banned Olympic athletes

MOSCOW: President Vladimir Putin has ordered the government to organise a sports competition for Russian athletes banned from the upcoming Winter Games in Pyeongchang over a doping scandal, his spokesman said on Wednesday. Putin "reminded the cabinet of the decision to organise a competition for those of our athletes who had not been allowed to take part in the Olympic Games," Russian news agencies quoted Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov as saying. He added that winning athletes would receive compensation equal to what…