After years of denials dating back to the 2014 Winter Olympics, Russian officials are for the first time conceding to a far-reaching doping operation that implicated scores of Russian athletes, The New York Times reported Tuesday.
The acting director general of Russia's national anti-doping agency described it as "an institutional conspiracy," the newspaper reported.
The report goes on to detail how a lab director tampered with urine samples at the Olympics and provided cocktails of performance-enhancing drugs. The "conspiracy" reached as far as the Federal Security Service — a successor to the K.G.B. — and a deputy sports minister who ordered cover-ups for years.
Despite a detailed confession by the nation's former anti-doping lab chief in a New York Times article last May, Russian sports officials had continued to deny the doping operation.
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