Russia Paralympics ban upheld

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Russia has lost its appeal against a ban from next month’s Rio Paralympics because of a state-sponsored doping program, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) said. Nathan Frandino reports.

Russia Paralympics ban upheld

For hundreds of Russian para-athletes, the 2016 Paralympic dream has become a nightmare.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport has dismissed Russia’s appeal against a ban from the event, so the athletes will have to watch next month’s Rio games from home.

Russian Paralympic long-jumper Vadim Alyoshkin says he’s disappointed.


“This is ugly. This is a major powerful blow to the entire Paralympic movement in the world. This leads nowhere.”

The International Paralympic Committee issued a blanket ban earlier this month over Russia’s state-sponsored doping program.

The program was uncovered by the World Anti-Doping Agency.

It found that the Russian government and FSB security service had covered up hundreds of doping cases over the years.

Russia can now appeal to the Swiss Federal Court, although the court can only overturn the ruling on procedural grounds and not on the merits of the case.

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