Russian Paralympics ban appeal rejected

Agence France-Presse . Geneva

Russian competitors remained banned from next month’s Rio Paralympics after the country lost an appeal Tuesday against a suspension issued over a vast, state-run doping programme.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport dismissed the appeal filed by the Russian Paralympic Committee, which sought to overturn the August 7 ban by the International Paralympic Committee.
The IPC took the tough action after the release of a bombshell report commissioned by the World Anti-Doping Agency, detailing drug-cheating directed by government officials and affecting dozens of sports.
Citing evidence compiled by WADA lead investigator Richard McLaren, the IPC argued that Russia’s disabled athletes had failed to comply with global anti-doping codes.
The Lausanne-based CAS said Russia in its appeal ‘did not file any evidence contradicting the facts on which the IPC decision was based.’
In a statement, the court ‘confirmed’ Russia’s ban from the Rio Paralympics, which run from September 7 to 18.
Russian officials had voiced confidence of a victory at CAS and immediately took issue with Tuesday’s ruling.
Sports minister Vitaly Mutko, a central figure in the McLaren report, blasted the CAS decision as ‘more political than legal.’
‘The decision is not in the legal domain,’ TASS news agency quoted Mutko as saying. ‘There was no reason for rejection but it happened.’
However IPC President Philip Craven said the decision ‘underlines our strong belief that doping has absolutely no place in Paralympic sport, and further improves our ability to ensure fair competition and a level playing field for all Para athletes around the world.’

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