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Russian Olympics chief says IPC passed decision on para athletes under political pressure

August 09, 10:16 UTC+3 RIO DE JANEIRO
The International Paralympic Committee passed an illogical decision, especially on the background of an earlier decision of the International Olympic Committee, says Alexander Zhukov
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President of the Russian Olympic Committee Alexander Zhukov

President of the Russian Olympic Committee Alexander Zhukov

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RIO DE JANEIRO, August 9. /TASS/. International Paralympic Committee passed a decision on the blanket banning of Russian athletes from the 2016 Summer Paralympic Games in Rio under a clear political pressure, the President of the Russian Olympic Committee, Alexander Zhukov told reporters.

"The International Paralympic Committee passed an illogical decision, especially on the background of an earlier decision of the International Olympic Committee (to renounce a blanket denial of admittance to the entire Russian team and to delegate the right to decide to sports federations - TASS)," Zhukov said.

"The Paralympians now have only one opportunity, and that’s to challenge the committee’s decision in the courtroom," he said. "To deny an opportunity to contest at the Games is an erroneous decision. I don’t actually understand what it is based on but I think the IPC just was unable to withstand political pressures."

"I hope this problem will be resolved," Zhukov said.

"It’s difficult for me to comment on the decision be because I didn’t see it," Zhukov said. "It’s in the sphere of the Russian Paralympic Committee but still it is weird and barely understandable."

On July 22, the IPC instituted a case against the Russian Paralympic Committee after it had received the names of 35 Paralympic athletes from the World Andi-Doping Agency mentioned in the report of an independent commission led by Richard McClaren.

Pursuant to the findings of the report, WADA issued a recommendation to the International Olympic Committee, International Paralympic Committee, and all the international sports federations to eliminate Russian athletes from competitions of all types.

On Sunday, August 7, the IPC took a decision to suspend by Russian Paralympic Committee’s accreditation and to deny an entry to Russian athletes to the Paralympic Games. Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko told TASS a lawsuit would be filed with the Court of Arbitration for Sport over the IPC ruling.

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