Handed a second chance to show Russia it was serious about clean sport, Olympic leaders opted for tough love again

By

JIM LITKE AP Sports Columnist

December 10, 2019, 7:56 AM

4 min read

Russia cranked up a state-sponsored, industrial-scale doping operation ahead of the 2014 Sochi Games that would have turned El Chapo green with envy.

It swept up more than 1,000 athletes and stretched from lowly lab technicians to the highest reaches of the nation’s sports ministries. And despite getting busted twice since, it was never really shut down. What’s clear is that someone, or several people very near the top of the sporting pyramid there, believes winning is a lot more important

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