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Paralympic Games: Banned Russian Athletes Write IPC To Seek For Clearance

BALTIMORE, MD (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Over 100 Russian out of 266 athletes who were selected to participate in the forthcoming Paralympic Games in Rio, have written the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) requesting for approval to compete.

IPC has earlier slammed ban on Russia athletes after the McLaren report identified evidence of a state-sponsored doping programme. The report was upheld last week by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas).

The IPC Monday acknowledged that it had received a number of letters from Russian Para-athletes adding “internal discussions about the letters is ongoing”.

It would be recalled Russian long jumper Darya Klishina was the only athlete from her country was allowed to participate in the track and field events at the Rio Olympics after she was cleared to compete by Cas.

Despite the world Athletics’ governing body – IAAF ban against Russian athletes from competing at the Games over doping concerns, Klishina was allowed to compete after she was able to prove that her clean drugs-testing record was established in the United States, where she is based, rather than in Russia.

The Rio Paralympics games will kick off Wednesday, September 7, 2016.

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