09:21 Aug. 23, 2016
Entire Russian team suspended on August 7th from Paralympics 2016 over doping abuse
Russia will hear on August 23rd whether it can compete at the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro following its appeal of a blanket doping ban to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. The court is expected to announce a ruling in Lausanne, Switzerland, on an International Paralympic Committee decision on August 7th to suspend the entire Russian team from the 2016 games, which run from September 7-18th.
The Paralympics committee said evidence presented by the World Anti-Doping Agency showed Russia failed in its obligation to abide by world anti-doping rules.
The committee's president, Philip Craven, said that the Russian government "catastrophically failed its para-athletes" with a program of state-sponsored doping and cover-ups that also led to doping bans on more than 100 Russian athletes from the just-concluded Rio Olympics.
Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said on August 22 that he believes the chances are good that the arbitration court will back Russia.
"If the court considers the case in the context of law, then there will be no problems. But if politics gets involved, we will have problems," he said.
Reported by RFE/RL