Russian Sports Officials Finally Admit To Widespread Doping Scheme

Officials told The New York Times they could no longer deny any wrongdoing, and one called the scandal "an institutional conspiracy."
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Russian Sports Officials Finally Admit To Widespread Doping Scheme

Russian officials have admitted to a widespread doping operation involving officials and top athletes. But not everyone is 'fessing up quite yet.

The acting director of Russia's anti-doping agency told The New York Times the country can no longer deny any wrongdoing, calling the scandal "an institutional conspiracy." But she denied that top government officials played a role.

Multiple reports claim urine samples from the 2014 Sochi Olympics were tampered with and that some athletes were given performance-enhancing drugs. 

Members of the Federal Security service and a deputy sports minister were also reportedly in on the scheme. 

The Times article comes just weeks after a report from the World Anti-Doping Agency claimed more than 1,000 Russian athletes across 30 sports benefited from state-sponsored doping between 2011 and 2015.

A spokesperson for Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday the government has yet to confirm the accuracy of the Times report.

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