Russian officials admit to mass doping in the country's sports system but dismiss suggestions that the ''institutional conspiracy'' was state-sponsored, says the New York Times. Helena Williams reports.
Russian officials admitting for the first time to mass doping in the country's sports system, though denying it was state-sponsored. That's according to the New York Times. They're reporting that the director general of the country's anti-doping agency, Anna Antseliovich called the scandal an "institutional conspiracy". An independent report by the World Anti-Doping Agency found more than 1,000 Russian competitors benefitted from the cover-up over five years. The scandal tainting the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi and the wider Olympic competition. But the TASS news agency said Wednesday Antseliovich's comments were distorted. The Kremlin says it will investigate whether these were actually the words she used, before deciding how to respond.