Ban on Russian athletes’ participation in Rio Paralympic Games upheld
MOSCOW, August 31 (RAPSI) – The Swiss federal court has dismissed an appeal filed by the Russian Paralympic Committee (RPC) against ruling to ban the national team from participating in Paralympic Games in Rio, R-Sport agency reported on Wednesday.
On August 7, the International Paralympic Committee’s (IPC) banned 268 Russian athletes from competing at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games following the country's doping scandal. Russian team was suspended due to its alleged inability to fulfill its responsibilities and obligations to comply with international anti-doping regulations.
RPC challenged the ruling in the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). On August 23, the CAS dismissed the complaint.
The court ruled that the International Committee’s ruling “was made in accordance with the IPC rules and was proportionate in the circumstances.” According to the CAS, the Russian Committee did not provide any evidence contradicting accusations brought against it.
The Summer Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro will be held from September 7 to 18, 2016.