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Russia use delaying tactics in a bid to compete at 2020 Olympics despite four-year ban for running state-sponsored doping programmes The World Anti-Doping Agency last year imposed a four-year ban on the country The Russian Anti-Doping Agency want more time to build a case for an appeal A delay could mean they would be able to compete at this summer's Olympics Having a Russian team at the Games would likely trigger uproar among athletes 

By Matt Hughes For The Daily Mail

Published: 22:37 GMT, 26 February 2020 | Updated: 22:58 GMT, 26 February 2020

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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

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

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