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IPC bans Russia from Paralympics

2016-08-07 19:12
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Cape Town - Russia have been issued a blanket ban for the Paralympics in Rio, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has announced.

The decision is not all that surprising given the noises coming out of the IPC after the damning report into it's state-run doping programme.

IPC president Sir Philip Craven said at a press conference: "The IPC governing board has suspended the Russian Paralympic Committee with immediate effect.

"The anti-doping system in Russia broken, corrupted and completely compromised."

The ban imposed on Russia will be embarrassing for the International Olympic Committee as it decided not to issue a blanket ban for the ongoing Games in Rio, leaving it is up to individual sport's governing bodies to determine if Russian competitors are clean.

Only the European country's track and field athletes were banned from competing in Rio.

271 Russian athletes, making up 70% of the country's original team, have been given the green light to compete in the Brazilian capital.

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