The entire Russian team has been banned from competing in the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
The move by the International Paralympic Committee, which was announced at a news conference on Sunday, is a much stiffer punishment than the one that the International Olympic Committee issued to the Russians.
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The IOC allowed the governing bodies of each individual sport to decide on the fate of Russian athletes, despite a recommendation from the World Anti-Doping Agency that a blanket ban be issued.
Two-hundred and seventy-one Russian athletes will be allowed to compete in Rio.
The IPC’s decision comes in the wake of a report from Professor Richard McLaren, which found that Russia had orchestrated a state-sponsored doping cover-up.
The Paralympic Games will be held from Sept. 7–18.