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After Rio Paralympics, Russia banned from 2018 Winter Games

Ban from Winter Paralympics comes a week after Russia lost an appeal against suspension issued over evidence of state-sponsored doping. Photograph: (Getty)

WION Moscow, Russia Aug 29, 2016, 11.22 PM (IST)
After being suspended from next month's Rio Paralympics, Russia has now been banned from the 2018 Paralympics to be held in  Pyeongchang, South Korea.

The ban comes in the wake of the allegations of Russia running a state-sponsored doping programme for its atheletes. A World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) report had found that Russian government had, over years, covered up hundreds of doping cases across Olympic and Paralympic events. 

Ban from Winter Paralympics comes a week after Russia lost an appeal against suspension issued over evidence of state-sponsored doping. Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) rejected the appeal. 

"The decision taken by the IPC, upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) regarding Russian Paralympians being excluded from the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, has also been extended to include the Winter Games in 2018 in Pyeongchang," the Russian Paralympic Committee said on their website.

Russia have appealed to the Swiss Federal Court against the CAS ruling. The result is expected to come on Monday or on Tuesday. 

Russian Presdident Vladimir Putin had earlier lashed out at anti-doping organisations, calling the Rio ban immoral and cynical. 

"The decision to disqualify our Paralympic team is outside the law, outside morality and outside humanity," he added.

He had also said that the organisations singled out Russia because of “political pressure”. 

Russia finished fourth in the Rio Olympic medal table with 56 medals, including 19 gold. 

(WION with inputs from Reuters)
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