Conspiracy called ‘institutional’
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.