Czech defender Theodor Gebre Selassie (L) vies with Russian forward Andrey arshavin (R) during the Euro 2012 football match Russia vs. Czech Republic, on June 8, 2012 at the Municipal stadium in Wroclaw. AFP PHOTO / ODD ANDERSEN
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Comments by former Arsenal midfielder Andrei Arshavin suggesting all athletes competing in certain Olympic sports use banned performance-enhancing drugs rattled Russia's media Wednesday as the country remains embroiled in doping scandals.Arshavin, in an interview with a Kazakh news site published late Tuesday, said athletic success in "cyclic sports," which require repetitive movements, was "simply impossible without doping". His comments come as Russia is entangled in a series of doping scandals that saw nearly its whole athletics team sidelined from the Rio Games and a handful of other competitors suspended.
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