Paralympics bans Russian athletes from Rio Games after doping scandal
Sunday, August 7, 2016
"Thewill not be able to enter athletes into the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games", IPC President told a press conference today. "It is our responsibility to ensure fair competition. That is vital to the integrity and credibility of Paralympic sport. I believe the Russian government has catastrophically failed its athletes. The medals over morals attitude disgusts me." The international committee considered arguments from the Russian committee before confirming the ban.
This comes after the publication of the McLaren report, which described state-sponsored doping in the Russian team. The(WADA) has also claimed the doping cover-up operation was sponsored by the state, with samples destroyed to eliminate evidence of doping. Drug test laboratory director turned whistleblower acknowledged the state security forces — in the words of the WADA report — "actively imposed an atmosphere of intimidation on laboratory process and staff". He also claimed he was part of state-organised doping at the , destroying urine samples and giving athletes banned drugs.
Russia has denied these allegations, Russian sports minister
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