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Russia loses appeal against Paralympics ban

<p>Russia won’t take part in next month’s Rio Paralympics after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (<span class="caps">CAS</span>) upheld a ban imposed over the state-sponsored doping scandal.</p> <p>Sport’s highest tribunal on Tuesday rejected Russia’s appeal against the decision by the International Paralympic Committee (<span class="caps">IPC</span>) to exclude the entire Russian team from the Sept. 7-18 event.</p> <p><a href="http://www.tas-cas.org/fileadmin/user_upload/Media_Release_RPC_IPC.pdf"><span class="caps">CAS</span> said</a> its panel found the <span class="caps">IPC</span> “did not violate any procedural rule in dealing with the disciplinary process” which led to Russia’s suspension from the event.</p> <p>It added that the ruling was “proportionate in the circumstances” and that the Russian Paralympic Committee “did not file any evidence contradicting the facts on which the <span class="caps">IPC</span> decision was based”.</p> <br /> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="fr"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Russia FAIL in appeal to overturn ban on athletes at Paralympics <a href="https://t.co/TyzGUr2dkv">https://t.co/TyzGUr2dkv</a> <a href="https://t.co/cLnX6IJ0OF">pic.twitter.com/cLnX6IJ0OF</a></p>— MailOnline Sport (@MailSport) <a href="https://twitter.com/MailSport/status/768049432352985088">23 août 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <br /> <p>The <span class="caps">IPC</span> had gone further than the International Olympic Committee (<span class="caps">IOC</span>), which stopped short of a blanket ban on Russia at this month’s Rio Olympics, leaving the decision instead in the hands of international sports federations.</p> <p>The scandal centres on a report for the World Anti-Doping Agency (<span class="caps">WADA</span>) that found the Russian government and the <span class="caps">FSB</span> security service had over years covered up hundreds of doping cases across the majority of Olympic sports, as well as Paralympic events.</p> <p>Moscow has said that the <span class="caps">IPC</span>’s decision is politically motivated and will punish dozens of innocent athletes.</p> <p><a href="http://sputniknews.com/sport/20160823/1044546091/russia-paralympics-ban.html?utm_source=https%3A%2F%2Ft.co%2FML7DG9knLk&utm_medium=short_url&utm_content=bY4T&utm_campaign=URL_shortening">Russian media reports</a> say the sports committee of the country’s lower house of parliament is now considering its response to the latest decision.</p> <br /> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="fr"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Russian lawmakers are preparing response to <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/CAS?src=hash">#CAS</a>' <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Paralympics?src=hash">#Paralympics</a> ban <a href="https://t.co/ML7DG9knLk">https://t.co/ML7DG9knLk</a> <a href="https://t.co/ALwJ0oW2iI">pic.twitter.com/ALwJ0oW2iI</a></p>— Sputnik (@SputnikInt) <a href="https://twitter.com/SputnikInt/status/768046412768522241">23 août 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p>