CAS slams Russia doping scheme as 'cover up of cover-up'

Russian and Olympic Flags at Sochi
Russian and Olympic Flags at Sochi (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

The CAS published a scathing 186-page decision on Thursday that slams Russian authorities for doubling down on a doping cover-up in attempting to further thwart the anti-doping process by manipulating anti-doping test data with "deliberate, sophisticated and brazen alterations, amendments and deletions" that were "intentionally carried out in order to remove or obfuscate evidence of improper activities carried out by the Moscow Laboratory."

The CAS did not, however, agree to the World Anti-Doping Agency's recommended four-year ban, deciding instead to reduce it to two years to include the next two Olympic Games but not the Summer Games in Paris in 2024. 

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