Entire Russian team banned from 2016 Paralympics in Rio

Saturday August 6th, 2016

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.

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.

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