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Russian sports minister says IPC needs time to analyze WADA report

July 22, 2016, 21:16 UTC+3

The International Paralympic Committee has opened a disciplinary case against the Russian Paralympic Committee

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MOSCOW, July 22. /TASS/. The decision of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) to open a probe into the Russian Paralympic Committee (RPC) after the WADA report is a normal procedure, IPC needs time to study this issue, Russian Minister of Sports Vitaly Mutko told TASS on Friday.

On Friday, the International Paralympic Committee opened a disciplinary case against the Russian Paralympic Committee after the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) named 35 Russian Paralympic athletes who were mentioned in the report of the Independent Commission of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) led by Canadian sports law professor Richard McLaren.

"It is a normal procedure. McLaren’s report was referred to the International Olympic Committee and to the International Paralympic Committee," Mutko said. "It says that some of our Paralympic athletes were allegedly involved in what they call a state-backed doping program. Plus, you see the current information background. So, the IPC has taken time to look into this matter and return to it in August."

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

The report claimed that the commission found evidence that Russia’s Sports Ministry and the Center for the Training of Russian National Teams and the Federal Security Service had covered up the doping program in Russian sports.

Following the report, WADA recommended the International Olympic Committee, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and all international sports federations to ban Russian athletes from all international sports competitions.

The Paralympic Games will be held in Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro from September 7 through September 18.

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