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Russian Paralympic team may be banned from Rio 2016 after WADA’s report — IPC

July 18, 21:34 UTC+3 GENEVA
The WADA Independent Commission report says Russia’s Sports Ministry and the Federal Security Service supported the doping program in Russian sports
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Russian Paralympians in Sochi

Russian Paralympians in Sochi

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GENEVA, July 18. /TASS/. Russian Paralympians may be subjected to certain sanctions or even barred from the 2016 Summer Paralympics in Brazil following Monday’s report from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Independent Commission, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) said in its statement.

The WADA Independent Commission of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) chaired by Canadian lawyer Richard McLaren released a report on Monday on the results of a probe into the accusations of doping and manipulation of tests by Russian athletes and officials at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games.

The Commission led by McLaren found evidence that Russia’s Sports Ministry and the Center for the Training of Russian National Teams and the Federal Security Service supported the doping program in Russian sports.

"We are truly shocked, appalled and deeply saddened at the extent of the state sponsored doping program implemented in Russia ahead of Sochi 2014," IPC President Philip Craven was quoted as saying in the statement. "The findings of the McLaren report mark a very dark day for sport."

The IPC president said that after an initial review of the commission’s report "we note the 35 ‘disappearing’ positive samples from Paralympic sport between 2012 and 2015 and have sent a letter to WADA and the report’s author Richard McLaren seeking further information on these samples."

"We have also requested urgent clarification from both parties to better establish how the findings implicate the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games and Russian Para athletes as the report defines the Sochi Games as the XXII Olympic Winter Games," Craven said.

"Once we have the further details we have requested from both parties, the IPC Governing Board will convene for a telephone conference," he said. "The Board will discuss the findings of the report and decide what relevant action needs to be taken to protect clean athletes competing in Paralympic sport."

"This may include provisional measures and sanctions with regards to the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games," IPC President Craven added.

The WADA Independent Commission launched its investigation following media reports earlier in the year which were based on a testimony from former head of Moscow anti-doping laboratory Grigory Rodchenkov.

Two months ago Rodchenkov told Western media that Russian athletes largely used performance enhancing drugs at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi with the approval from the national sports authorities.

On the whole, the ex-doping official claimed that the Russian sports authorities allegedly prepared a special doping program for national athletes in order to win most of the medals at home Winter Olympics in Sochi in 2014.

Russia’s national team finished the country’s ever first Paralympic Games, held in Sochi between March 7 and 16, 2014, in the first place of the medals standings, packing a total of 80 medals (30 gold, 28 silver and 22 bronze).

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