By Matt Hughes For The Daily Mail
Published: 22:37 GMT, 26 February 2020 | Updated: 22:58 GMT, 26 February 2020
Russia has asked the Court of Arbitration for Sport for more time to prepare an appeal against their four-year ban from international sport, in a delaying tactic that could enable their athletes to compete at this summer's Olympics.
A hearing had been scheduled for the beginning of May after the World Anti-Doping Agency last year imposed a four-year ban on Russia for running a state-sponsored doping programme.
But Sportsmail has learned that the Russian Anti-Doping Agency want more time to build their case.
Russia were given a four-year ban last year for running a state-sponsored doping programme
CAS are considering the request and have yet to confirm a date for the hearing, with WADA officials concerned that any delay could allow Russia to compete in Tokyo.
The presence of a Russian team at the Games would trigger uproar among athletes from other nations and could lead to podium protests from medallists, as