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Russian TV May Have Paid to Hush Athletics Doping Findings

  • World Anti-Doping Agency suggests link to broadcast rights
  • Russian President Putin linked to former athletics chief
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Russian broadcasters may have agreed to payments for media rights in exchange for a cover-up of Russian athletes’ doping by international sports officials, an independent investigation commissioned by the World Anti-Doping Agency said.

In a report that was often vague and carefully hedged many of its findings, WADA said there “appears to be a connection” between the awarding of broadcasting rights to the 2013 World Championships in Athletics, which were held in Moscow, and “muting the discovery of some positive samples by Russian athletes." It didn’t identify broadcasters by name but said they were "probably Russian."