Russian athletes banned from Rio Paralympics 2016



    Russian athletes banned from Rio Paralympics 2016

    Aug.8, Moscow: Russian athletes have been banned from competing at the Rio 2016 Paralympics following the country's doping scandal.

    The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) had opened suspension proceedings following the McLaren report, and has now confirmed the ban, according to the reports.

    The report, published last month, detailed a state-sponsored doping programme operated by Russia. The Russian Paralympic Committee is to appeal against the decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, BBC reported.

    In contrast to the IPC, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) chose not to hand Russia a blanket ban from the Olympic Games.

    The Rio 2016 Paralympics begin in 31 days' time, on 7 September, and 267 Russian athletes across 18 sports will now miss the Games.

    Russian Paralympic Committee member Evgeniy Bukharov told BBC World Service: "I'm disappointed and really shocked. The IOC decided to stay for the rights of the clean athletes and only to fight against the athletes who are involved in doping.

    The Oslo Times International News Network

     
     

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