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

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By John McCarthy | Opinion editor

July 19, 2016 | 2 min read

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.

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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.

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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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