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Russian PM calls ban for Paralympians utter injustice

August 30, 17:50 UTC+3 LIPETSK
According to Dmitry Medvedev, Russian Olympians and Paralympians were banned from participation in the Olympic Games without any guilt
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LIPETSK, August 30. /TASS/. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on Tuesday called the decision of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) regarding Russian athletes utter injustice and an immoral deed.

"Of course, this is absolutely unjust, it’s utter injustice," Medvedev said in a conversation with elderly people living in the Center for Rehabilitation of physically impaired persons and elderly people.

He said he had already discussed the situation with his government colleagues and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Medvedev compared the situation with the principle of unacceptability of criminal liability for innocently committed acts used in criminal law of most countries.

"Our Olympians and Paralympians were banned from participation in the Olympic Games without any guilt," he said. "Because all these lists comprise Olympians whose guilt in doping use has not been proven by anyone. That’s the most unpleasant thing."

Medvedev said the use of doping in sports in inadmissible, but "our athletes were banned without any proof, on the basis of the collective principle."

"This does not correspond to any legal principles," he said, adding that Russia will keep fighting for restoration of justice in that issue.

On August 23, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) dismissed an appeal filed by the Russian Paralympic Committee to fight the ban on Russian athletes from next month’s Paralympic Games. The ruling was handed down by the Governing Board of the International Paralympic Committee on August 7. So, the entire Russian team has not been allowed to compete in this year’s Paralympic Games.

The RPC submitted on August 15 a lawsuit with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne against the IPC decision, but the Swiss-based court ruled eight days later to uphold the ban of the whole Russian Paralympic squad.

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