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MOSCOW, August 8. /TASS/. Russia’s Paralympic Committee (RPC) will challenge the blanket ban of Russian para athletes from the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games within the next two days. The suit will most likely be filed with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), RPC President Vladimir Lukin told TASS on Monday.
The IPC ruled on Sunday to suspend RPC’s (Russian Paralympic Committee) membership and bar the Russian team from the Paralympic Games in Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro amid the doping scandal. Russian Minister of Sport Vitaly Mutko told TASS Russia will challenge this decision with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
"The suit will be lodged within days, tomorrow or the day after tomorrow. The text is yet being worked on. Tomorrow, we will decide who will represent the RPC. We plan to file the suit with an arbitration court, most likely it will be the one in Lausanne, although other options are being looked at," he said.
The WADA Independent Commission chaired by Canadian law professor Richard McLaren released a report on July 18 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.
A total of 35 Russian Paralympians were mentioned in the report of McLaren.
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 IPC opened suspension proceedings against the RPC on July 22.
The Paralympic Games are scheduled to be held in Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro from September 7 through September 18.