Sunday 25 September 2016

Russia fail in appeal to overturn Paralympic Games ban

Published 23/08/2016 | 11:26

The logo of the Rio Olympic Games is seen at the Olympic and Paralympic Village in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on July 23, 2016. / AFP / YASUYOSHI CHIBA (Photo credit should read YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images)
The logo of the Rio Olympic Games is seen at the Olympic and Paralympic Village in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on July 23, 2016. / AFP / YASUYOSHI CHIBA (Photo credit should read YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images)

Russia has failed in an appeal against its exclusion from the Rio Paralympic Games, the Court of Arbitration for Sport has announced.

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The Russian Paralympic Committee (RPC) challenged its suspension, which was imposed by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) on August 7 in the wake of a damning report into the country's state-run doping programme.

However, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) found that the decision was justified, meaning Russia will not be represented in the upcoming Games at Rio 2016.

CAS said in a statement: "The Court of Arbitration for Sport has dismissed the appeal filed by the Russian Paralympic Committee against the decision rendered by governing board of the International Paralympic Committee on 7 August 2016. As a consequence, the IPC decision is confirmed."

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