Russia banned from Rio Paralympics 2016
Aug.23, Moscow: Russia will not compete at next month’s Paralympics in Rio after losing an appeal against a ban imposed for state-sponsored doping.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas) upheld the International Paralympic Committee's (IPC) ban on all Russian competitors. The IPC made the decision in light of the McLaren report, which detailed a state-sponsored doping programme operated by Russia, reports said.
The Paralympics begin on 7 September.
According to the Cas panel, which said it would publish the full grounds for its decision later: "The IPC's decision to ban the entire Russian team "was proportionate in the circumstances." It added that the Russian Paralympic Committee did not file any evidence contradicting the facts put forward by the IPC.
In the end, more than 270 Russian athletes were cleared to compete at the Olympics, with Russia winning 56 medals in total and finishing in fourth place in the medal table.
Russia had been set to take 267 competitors across 18 sports to the Paralympics. The Cas statement added that it had not looked at the "natural justice rights or personality rights" of individual Russian athletes in making its decision, BBC reported.
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