Paddy Power gives Russians the chance to come clean with Olympic medal amnesty stunt

Medal amnesty

The IOC has delayed its decision on whether to ban the Russian Olympic team but that hasn’t stopped Paddy Power enacting another stunt to aggravate the Ruskies.

Referring to the news that WADA found evidence of a four-year state-sponsored doping programme, the stunt asks athletes to hand back their ill-gotten gains – with a 'medal amnesty' box.

The Russian embassy in Kensington in West London is the location of the stunt with a skier, diver, and sprinter rumoured to be the first to make use of the box.

Said box reads: “PLEASE PUTIN YOUR MEDALS. NO QUESTIONS ASKED.”

Spokesman Paddy Power said: "Turns out those pesky Russians have been Putin dodgy stuff into their bodies - and the government were in on it.

"That was a very Vlad decision, but we are offering them a chance to put things right. I imagine we'll see athletes Russian to our drop-off point this week."

The stunt comes after the bookmaker previous angered Russians with a stunt featuring footballer Jamie Vardy's slogan 'Chat Shit, Get Banged' before Euro 2016.

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