U.S. Justice Department investigates Russia Olympic sports doping, report says

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The U.S. Department of Justice is investigating the Russian Olympic sports doping scandal, according to The New York Times.

Reports of state-sponsored doping by Russian Olympic champions leading up to the Sochi Winter Games, plus its now-banned track and field federation, could have connections to the U.S., at least in part due to the fact many sports have World Cup or World Championships-level competitions in the U.S.

Three of the four Russian Olympic champions from last week’s New York Times report — bobsledders Alexander Zubkov and Alexey Voyevoda and skeleton slider Alexander Tretiakov — competed in the U.S. in December 2013, two months before the Sochi Olympics.

The U.S. Department of Justice previously forayed into sports, most notably investigating FIFA corruption.

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