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Russia loses appeal against Paralympics doping ban

Russian sports minister Vitaly Mutko has slammed the Paralympic ban as 'beyond belief'. Photograph: (Getty)

WION Geneva, Switzerland Aug 23, 2016, 11.41 AM (IST)
Russia will not compete at the Paralympics next month after it lost an appeal on Tuesday against a suspension issued over evidence of state-sponsored doping programme.

The decision to exclude Russia's entire Paralympics team was initially announced by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) on August 7. 

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) dismissed the appeal filed by the Russian Paralympic Committee which sought to overturn the ban announced by IPC. This means that at least 250 Russian competitors are set to miss the event between September 7-18.

CAS said Russia "did not file any evidence contradicting the facts on which the IPC decision was based."

"As a consequence, the IPC decision is confirmed," the court said in a statement.

A blanket ban on all Russian athletes was recommended for the Olympics in Rio, but a large majority were allowed to participate by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

Russian sports minister Vitaly Mutko has slammed the Paralympic ban as "beyond belief".

Russia has said that the IPC's decision is politically motivated and will punish dozens of innocent athletes.

The 2016 Rio Paralympics next month will see athletes compete in 23 disciplines over 11 days.

(With inputs from agencies)

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