15:59 Aug. 8, 2016
Russia protests against ban for its Paralympic team because of doping allegations
Maria Zakharova, the press officer of Ministry of Foreign Relations, has written in a Facebook post that the decision of International Paralympic Committee "shocks with meanness and inhumanity". "This is a treachery of the highest human rights standards that form the basis of the modern world", added Zakharova.
Russian national federation of sport for disabled people has already appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. On Monday, August 8, Russian Paralympic Committee president Vladimir Lukin said the committee is ready to prove that Russian team fulfilled all its anti-doping obligations. He called the ban a grave human rights abuse.
At a news conference in Moscow Lukin insisted that most Russian Paralympians were clean of doping, as well as other Russian athletes, banned from Rio.
On Sunday, August 7, President of International Paralympic Committee Philip Craven said that Russia's Paralympians were part of a broken system overseen by the Russian government. The team was suspended ahead of the Games, taking part on September 7 - 18.