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Russia to prove anti-doping obligations fulfilled


08-08-2016 20:28 BJT

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Russia has called the ban by the International Paralympic Committee on the country's athletes from competing at the 2016 Paralympics in Rio over doping allegations a grave human rights abuse. Vladimir Lukin, head of the Russian Paralympic Committee, said at a news conference in Moscow that most Russian paralympians were not guilty of doping.

"No other national Paralympic committee undertook an anti-doping programme more carefully and intensively than we did. We fulfilled our duties by law and the technical manual by 120 percent," he said.

Lukin said he was ready to prove that the team had fulfilled all of its anti-doping obligations. He said the country will be looking for legislative and judicial solutions to this problem. He was speaking after the International Paralympic Committee President Philip Craven said on Sunday that Russia's Paralympians were part of a broken system overseen by the Russian government, and suspended the Russian Paralympic Committee ahead of the September Games.

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