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Putin vows to defend rights of Russian Paralympic athletes at highest level

November 27, 17:56 UTC+3 MOSCOW

The Russian Paralympic Committee’s membership in the International Paralympic Committee was suspended in August 2016

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MOSCOW, November 27. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin has sent greetings to the participants of the Russian Paralympic Committee’s Return to Life award ceremony.

The text of the telegram was published by the Kremlin’s website on Monday.

"Today, the best of the best receive the Return to Life prize for their victorious performances at the most prestigious competitions, and for their continuous commitment to the values and ideals of the Paralympic movement," Putin said.

The president stressed that "the state will continue giving a priority to the development of the Paralympic sport and defending the interests of Russian athletes and teams at the highest international level."

The Russian Paralympic Committee’s membership in the International Paralympic Committee was suspended in August 2016 after the publication of a report by the international commission of the World Anti-Doping Agency led by Richard McLaren.

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