Con­spir­acy called ‘in­sti­tu­tional’

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - SPORTS -

Rus­sian anti-doping of­fi­cials have ac­knowl­edged a mas­sive doping con­spir­acy in their coun­try, but re­ject claims of govern­ment in­volve­ment in the af­fair that rocked world sport, the New York Times re­ported on Tues­day.

“It was an in­sti­tu­tional con­spir­acy,” Anna Antse­liovich, the act­ing di­rec­tor gen­eral of Rus­sia’s na­tional anti-doping agency, told the news­pa­per in an ar­ti­cle from Moscow.

How­ever, Antse­liovich and oth­ers in­ter­viewed con­tin­ued to re­ject the char­ac­ter­i­za­tion of the doping scheme as “state­spon­sored,” telling the Times top govern­ment of­fi­cials were not in­volved.

The scan­dal re­sulted in Rus­sia’s en­tire track-and-field team be­ing barred from com­pet­ing at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics last August.

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