September 05, 2016

BONN, Germany (AP) A German court has rejected a bid from 10 Russian athletes for an injunction allowing them to compete at the Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro.

The entire Russian Paralympic team has been barred from the games as punishment for a state-backed doping program. Last month the Court of Arbitration for Sport upheld the International Paralympic Committee's decision.

The state court in Bonn, where the IPC is based, found Monday the IPC has no obligation to allow the 10 athletes to compete.

It says there was no contract between them and the IPC, given that Russian athletes are generally nominated by their country's national Paralympic committee, and the IPC ''comprehensibly justified'' the Russian athletes' exclusion.

On Aug. 31 the IPC rejected a request from the unidentified athletes for their ''individual admission'' to the games.

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