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Russia’s Paralympic Committee calls 'inconsistent' McLaren’s data on doping samples

Of the 28 samples related to Paralympians, 17 Paralympic athletes have been sanctioned while 11 samples have not been confirmed, Russia’s Paralympic Committee said

MOSCOW, March 14. /TASS/. Russia’s Paralympic Committee (RPC) has called ‘inconsistent’ the data mentioned in the report of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Independent Commission on the doping samples of Russian Paralympians, according to the RPC’s press release circulated on Tuesday.

According to the press release, a meeting of Russian lawmakers and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) in Bonn on March 10 again raised the issue of 35 positive doping samples mentioned in the report by WADA Independent Commission Head Richard McLaren.

Russia’s Paralympic Committee said it had been informed about 10 new doping cases after the McLaren report was published. However, as the Russian side explained, only 28 out of 45 doping samples belonged to Paralympians.

"Of the 28 samples related to Paralympians, 17 Paralympic athletes have been sanctioned while 11 samples have not been confirmed. According to information received by the RPC from the Russian Anti-Doping Agency, none of the 11 samples contains banned substances and the said 11 Paralympic athletes have not received any notices of violating anti-doping rules," the press release says.

On August 7, 2016, the International Paralympic Committee decided to bar the entire Russian team from taking part in the 2016 Summer Paralympics in Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro. The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on August 23 upheld the IPC ruling that came on the heels of a report delivered in July by the WADA Independent Commission, chaired by Canadian sports law professor Richard McLaren.

The McLaren-led commission claimed in particular that a total of 35 doping samples were concealed by Russian Paralympic sports between 2012 and 2015.

Besides collectively punishing the Russian national team by banning it from the Rio Games, the IPC also decided to suspend the RPC membership in the international organization. The Russian Paralympic team is now facing a possibility of being banned from the 2018 Winter Paralympic Games in South Korea’s PyeongChang.

On November 21, the IPC made public a list of criteria Russia must meet to resume the RPC membership and be allowed to take part in international competitions. Officials from the two Paralympic organizations met in mid-December in Bonn to discuss these criteria.

On January 11, the Russian Paralympic Committee referred to the IPC its edition of the roadmap for resumption of its membership.