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Russia decides to hold its own Paralympics after being banned from Rio

Reporter: Xu Zhen 丨 CCTV.com

09-08-2016 10:56 BJT

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While the best Paralympians on the planet compete in Rio, Russia will be holding its own version of the Games. After being banned from Brazil by the International Paralympic Committee, Russia has decided to stage a national event on Thursday and Friday, which will feature 263 athletes across 18 sports.

A program of state-sponsored doping has cost all of Russia's athletes a spot in the Paralympics. On Tuesday, a German court dismissed appeals by 84 Russian athletes who sought to compete in Rio.

The state court in Bonn, which is also where the Paralympics governing body is based, rejected the athletes' bid for an injunction that would have forced the IPC to allow them to compete. Another 10 Russians had a similar application rejected on Monday.

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