Vladimir Putin, PhD, LLB, President of Russia, as quoted in an Oct. 11, 2016 article by Ben Rumsby, "Vladimir Putin calls for athletes with therapeutic use exemptions to be banned from competing against those who do not," available at, stated:

“We need to understand what to do about [TUEs]. Otherwise, we could soon face all records and victories going only to people who are ill with, let’s say, chronic illnesses. Maybe they can be put in a special category, or their achievements, points, seconds and honours can be considered in a special way.”

Oct. 11, 2016