Russia appeals against Rio Paralympic suspension

China Central Television (CCTV) – An appeal has been filed against the decision of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) to ban Russian athletes from the Rio Paralympic Games, a senior Russian sports official said Sunday.

According to Lev Seleznev, the president of the All-Russia Sport Federation for the Physically Disabled, they have just lodged an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

Earlier in the day, the IPC released a statement on suspending Russian athletes from the 2016 Rio Paralympics “with immediate effect.”

The Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko called the decision “unprecedented,” voicing support for the Russian Paralympic Committee (RPC) to resort to legal means, as reported by R-Sport, a sports division of RIA Novosti news agency.

Criticizing the decision as absurd and inhumane, the president of the RPC Vladimir Lukin claimed that there is no proof for the report’s accusation of Russia’s alleged state doping system, nor RPC’s involvement in it.

The IPC has opened suspension proceedings against the RPC following the publication of a report by the World Anti-Doping Agency investigator Richard McLaren and additional information it has since received from McLaren.

The McLaren report, published on July 18, said that the Russian State manipulated the doping control process and recommended that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) bans Russia entirely from the Rio Olympic Games.

The IOC refused to hand a blanket ban on Russia and instead opted to leave it up to individual sports to allow or bar Russian athletes.

All together 278 Russian athletes have been cleared for the Rio 2016 Olympics with an initial apply from the Russian side of a 387-member national team.

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