The Rio 2016 Paralympics are only days away, and Russia is still trying to make a case for them to be able to participate in the global sports event. According to reports, more than 100 Russian athletes have pleaded their case by individually submitting their cases to the International Paralympic Committee (IPC).
“More than 100 Russian sportsmen out of 266 who were selected for the 15th Paralympic Summer Games in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, which excludes those competing in team sports, have filed individual cases with the IPC about being allowed to compete in the 2016 Paralympics,” said Russian Paralympic Committee (RPC) Vice-President Pavel Rozhkov in a statement to the media.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) had already rejected the appeal of the Russian Paralympic Committee last week, further dimming their chances of representing their country at the Paralympics. The suspension of the entire Russia Paralympic team was imposed after the World Anti-Doping Agency found the Russian government guilty of state-sponsored doping through an Independent Report (IP).
The Russian contingent to the Rio Olympics had narrowly escaped a blanket ban when the IOC decided to leave the decision to the individual governing sports bodies.
Russian Paralympians, meanwhile, have not been met with the same leniency, leaving 266 athletes out of the games.
But there are still some who are hoping to represent their country, like London 2012 swimming champion Olesya Vladykina who said “There is no reason to ban me” on her Facebook page.
“I have sent the IPC documents and facts to allow me to participate in the Games in Rio individually. I will continue to fight for the truth and my name.” added the athlete, in her bid to be part of the Paralympics.
On top of the current blanket ban on all Russian athletes for the Rio 2016 Paralympics, the IPC has also announced that the country will also be banned from the upcoming winter games in Pyeongchang, South Korea in 2018.
Nonetheless, be sure to catch the Rio 2016 Paralympics, which will be opening on September 7.
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