Vladimir Putin: Is this one sporting competition he can’t prevail?

( CNN) Russia’s sporting honour may well be dragged through the clay over the past time — but its plucky executions in a play in which it has little real tradition have won plaudits.

The participation of the nation’s track and domain contestants at August’s Games remains in doubt following allegations of state-sponsored drugging ,~ ATAGEND while its top tennis participate Maria Sharapova has been banned for two years after failing a drugs experiment at the Australian Open .

Russia won 24 gold medals at London 2012, but it will be hard pressed to repeat its success if as seems now likely its athletes will be excluded from Rio 2016.

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