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MOSCOW, August 9. /TASS/. Russia’s Paralympics Committee should follow in the footsteps of the Russian Olympic Committee in selecting its response to the decision to bar Russian parathletes from the Rio de Janeiro Paralympics, Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko told TASS.
"It would be reasonable if the Paralympics Committee did precisely what our Olympic committee decided to do. They (the International Olympic Committee) should have no doubts we are in compliance with all obligations, have no problems, and remain a diligent member of the International Paralympics Committee," Mutko said.
Also, the Russian Paralympics Committee should sign an agreement with the International Paralympic Committee on fast-track consideration of the decision barring Russian parathletes from the Games in Brazil.
The International Paralympic Committee last Sunday made a decision to keep Russian athletes away from the Rio Paralympic Games. The Russian Paralympic Committee is going to protest the decision in court, but the lawsuit has not been filed yet.
"I believe that some sort of agreement or memorandum should be signed to fast-track the consideration of the case, if the International Paralympic Committee really has good will and stays within the legal space," Mutko said.
The International Paralympic Committee opened a case against the Russian Paralympic Committee on July 22 after getting from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) a list of 35 Russian parathletes mentioned in a report issued by the Richard McLaren-led independent commission. Later, IPC chief Philip Craven said that another ten Russian parathletes were suspected of violating anti-doping rules. On the basis of the report WADA’s Executive Committee advised the International Olympic Committee, the International Paralympic Committee and all international sports federations to bar Russian athletes from their competitions.
Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro will host the Paralympics on September 7-18.