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Russia Loses Appeal against Paralympics Ban

Russia will not compete at next month’s Paralympic Games after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) upheld the International Paralympic Committee, IPC’s  decision to ban all Russian competitors.

The IPC made the decision after the McLaren report detailed a widespread state-sponsored doping programme in the country.

The decision is in contrast to that of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), which chose not to impose a blanket ban on Russia from the Olympic Games.

Instead, each individual sporting federation was given the power to decide the eligibility of Russian competitors.

The CAS panel concluded that the IPC’s decision to ban the entire Russian team “was proportionate in the circumstances”, but Russian authorities disagreed, with Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev described the decision as “cynical”.


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