Russian officials no longer deny the alleged "legalized" doping their athletes during the Olympic games 2014 in Sochi, according to a new report from The New York Times. The newspaper writes that conducted interviews with 3 leading sports officials.
Acting Director General of the national anti-doping Agency of Russia Anna Antselevich called this doping programme "institutional conspiracy". But the President of Russia Vladimir Putin at a press conference, which discussed the state the control of the doping system, said it was "absolutely impossible." He promised to take action on this issue. "As in any other country, we have a problem of doping," said Putin. "We must recognize that this is so, and thus we must do everything in our power to prevent such a situation again."
The New York Times posted a report commissioned by the world anti-doping Agency, which claimed that the Russian government conspired with the athletes and sports officials to conduct a doping program that was unprecedented in its scale and ambition. A "centralized and systematic cover-up" was possible thanks to the more than 1000 athletes in 30 sports, said Professor Richard McLaren in the update to the report first published in July.
The Kremlin has said it will carefully study the report, but will "refrain from forming an emotional response to the statement" government conspiracy, "according to the State news Agency. Ministry of Russia has refused to support programs for doping in sport and stressed that "continuing its fight against doping from a position of "zero tolerance ".
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