Russian Government Gives Olympians Extra Reward

(ATR) Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev believes all Russian athletes should be rewarded. 

TOPSHOT - Russia's flagbearer Sergei Tetyukhin leads his delegation during the opening ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro on August 5, 2016. / AFP / PEDRO UGARTE        (Photo credit should read PEDRO UGARTE/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - Russia's flagbearer Sergei Tetyukhin leads his delegation during the opening ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro on August 5, 2016. / AFP / PEDRO UGARTE (Photo credit should read PEDRO UGARTE/AFP/Getty Images)

(ATR) Despite previous allegations of doping and Olympians in large amounts being banned from the Rio Olympic Games, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev believes everyone should still be rewarded.

Prime Minister Medvedev will be awarding all Russian medalists in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games with a BMW sports utility vehicle.

Each of the 19 Olympic gold winners will get a BMW X6 luxury crossover, the 18 silver medalists will receive BMW X5s and the 19 bronze medal winners will be given a BMW X3 off-roader, reported Russian news agency TASS.

"No matter how hard some people tried, they failed to foil the Olympics for Russia and you have managed to prove that our victories have nothing to do with doping or other sins, which some people periodically attempt to attribute to us," Medvedev said in a statement.

The Olympic medalists are not the only ones who will be receiving gifts.

All Russian track and field athletes that were banned from the Rio Games due to the doping scandal will be given additional financial assistance from the Foundation for the Support of Russian Olympians.

"We believe that will be the right decision" Medvedev adds.

The vehicles will be awarded to the athletes during a ceremonial meeting with President Vladimir Putin on Aug. 25.

Team Russia finished fourth in the overall medal standings at Rio 2016.

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Written by Courtney Colquitt

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