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Russia to appeal against ban on Paralympians

Reporter: Julia Lyubova 丨 CCTV.com

08-09-2016 10:22 BJT

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Russia has said it will appeal against the decision of the International Paralympic Committee to ban Russian athletes from Rio's Paralympic Games, following the country's doping scandal.

Russia's Paralympic Committee says the decision to ban Russian athletes from competing at this year's Paralympic Games is a grave human rights abuse. The president of the committee insists that most Russian paralympians are clean from doping and he is ready to defend the team.

"The vast majority of athletes who have been denied the right to take part in Paralympics are totally clean. Their tests have been carried out in various circumstances, including by foreign anti-doping agencies and organisations like WADA," said Vladimir Lukin, president of Russian Paralympic Committee.

On Sunday the International Paralympic Committee said it is suspending Russian athletes from the 2016 Rio Paralympics with immediate effect. 

The decision comes after the publication of a report by the World Anti-Doping Agency and additional information it has since received from its author, Richard McLaren.

"It is strongly of the view that the Russian Paralympic Committee is currently unable to ensure compliance with and the enforcement of the IPC's anti-doping code and the world anti-doping code within its own national jurisdiction," said Sir Philip Craven, president of International Paralympic Committee.

The McLaren report said that the Russian State and its security services manipulated the doping control process. The report identified 27 samples relating to eight Para-sports. As a result of the suspension, 267 Russian paralympians across 18 sports will now miss the Games.

The Rio 2016 Paralympics begin on 7 September and Russia says it has about a week to apply for its team to take part in them. In the meantime, the Russian Paralympic Committee says it hopes a blanket ban will be overruled and its clean athletes will be allowed to compete. 

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