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Monday, 08 August 2016 - 8:24
Russia Banned from Rio Paralympics after widespread doping
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The decision was announced by IPC president Sir Philip Craven at a press conference in Rio and follows three weeks of intense speculation about Russia's right to compete on the world stage following a damning report into its state-run doping programme.

Craven said: "The IPC governing board has suspended the Russian Paralympic Committee with immediate effect.

"The anti-doping system in Russia broken, corrupted and completely compromised."

Although expected, given the noises coming from the IPC, the decision will still cause the International Olympic Committee huge embarrassment as it decided not to issue a blanket ban.

That decision has been widely criticised, with the fall-out still causing confusion in Rio, although Russia's Olympic team was finally confirmed at 278 athletes at the IOC's press briefing on Sunday morning.
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