Russian Paralympic athletes banned from Rio

The International Paralympic Committee [IPC] has confirmed a blanket ban on Russians competing at next month's Games following a recommendation from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to ban Russias Paralympics team from the event.

In contrast to IOC President Thomas Bach, who opposed the "nuclear option" of banning Russia ahead of Friday's Olympic opening ceremony, Craven directly condemned the Russian state's involvement in doping but stopped short of blaming Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Last month, Richard McLaren authored a report for the World Ant-Doping Agency confirming that Russian Federation had facilitated a widespread, systematic doping scheme before and after the Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014. "Russia has some top-quality athletes across all sports and we look forward to the day when we can welcome the Russian Paralympic Committee back as a member safe in the knowledge that it is fulfilling all its obligations in order to ensure a level playing field for all".

The suspension means that Russian Federation can not compete in the Rio Paralympics from September 7 to September 18.

"[Russia's] medals over morals mentality disgusts me".

The Russia state-run program of cheating questioned the integrity and credibility of sport as we know it.

Sir Philip said he had deep sympathies with Russian athletes who will not be able to compete, but added that the doping culture that the report had found stemmed from the Russian government.

The IPC said it took Russian appeals, "both in person and in writing", but the group's governing board unanimously decided that Russia could not guarantee compliance and enforcement of the code.

The IOC didn't have the stones to ban the entire Russian Olympic team.

The IPC has received the names of 35 athletes who have reportedly benefited from the disappearance of positive doping samples from the Moscow doping control laboratory.

The IPC is now re-analysing all samples from the Sochi 2014 Games.

In 2014, at the Winter Paralympics in Sochi, Russia brought home 37 percent of the medals awarded.

Russian Federation immediately announced it would appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, state news agency TASS reported, quoting Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko.

"Our main focus remains on our own preparation for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games and will continue as we have been doing in our work with athletes and staff".

A blanket ban on Russian athletes at the Paralympic Games does the opposite.

World Archery strongly disagrees with the ban, which goes against the principles of inclusion and fair play, and considers the decision to have been taken based on a report that is unfinished and should remain ongoing until its mandate is completed, as stated by the International Olympic Committee and WADA. "Their unanimous decision goes a long way towards inspiring us all - most importantly clean athletes - and upholding the Paralympic values we admire".

  • Joey Payne