Russian anti-doping chief denies admitting to “institutional conspiracy” at Sochi 2014

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A senior serving Russian anti-doping official has denied admitting that the country operated an “institutional conspiracy” during the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Anna Antseliovich, the acting director general of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA), supposedly admitted the nature of an operation which is thought to have implicated dozens of home medal winners during an interview with the New York Times.

Although she continued to maintain that the programme was not “state sponsored” because top Government officials such as Russian President Vladimir Putin were not involved, the comments were presented as marking a major departure from a previous stance in which they refused to directly acknowledge any wrongdoing at their home Games.

But in a later statement RUSADA have now claimed that the comments were taken out of context and instead referred to Antsliovich describing the findings of the McLaren report.

A full transcript has not yet been released.

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