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Russia Banned from Paralympics

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has announced that Russian athletes will not be allowed to compete at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games following the country’s doping scandal.

The IPC had opened suspension proceedings following a report by American lawyer, Richard McLaren, which detailed accusations of widespread state-sponsored doping in Russian sports.

Unlike the International Olympic Committee, IOC, which chose not to hand Russia a blanket ban, the IPC has imposed a total ban Russian athletes.

The Russian Paralympic Committee will reportedly appeal against the decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

267 Russian athletes across 18 sports will now miss the Games, which get underway on September 7.


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