Russian Federation banned from next month's Paralympics because of 'state-run' doping

The Russian Paralympic teams, however, weren't so lucky: they have been completely banned from the upcoming Paralympics in Rio due to alleged widespread Russian doping during the 2014 Sochi Paralympics.

When asked why he, as an International Olympic Committee member, supported Bach's decision to let each sport make its own assessment on individual Russian athletes for the Rio Olympics - a convoluted and at times chaotic process that has led to Russia fielding a team of 278 athletes - Craven stressed the differences between the structures of the two organisations.

Russian Federation has been barred from taking part in next month's Rio Paralympics, with organisers blasting a "medals over morals mentality" as they announced the blanket ban over state-backed doping that Olympics bosses avoided.

"We have just lodged an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS)".

Craven was speaking shortly after his announcement that the entire Russian team would be banned from the Rio Paralympics next month for what he described as a "medals over morals mentality that disgusts me".

At the London Games in 2012 there were more than 4,300 athletes from 164 countries.

The International Paralympics Committee decision is part of the same doping scandal that prevented 118 Russian athletes from competing in the Summer Olympics.

"It is strongly of the view that the Russian Paralympic Committee is now unable to ensure compliance with and the enforcement of the IPC's anti-doping code and the world anti-doping code within its own national jurisdiction".

Long jumper Darya Klishina will be the only Russian track and field competing at Rio 2016
Russian Federation banned from next month's Paralympics because of 'state-run' doping

"Ultimately as the global governing body for the Paralympic movement it is our responsibility to ensure fair competition so that athletes can have confidence that they are competing on a level playing field. The Russia state-run program of cheating questioned the integrity and credibility of sport as we know it".

"Tragically, this situation is not about athletes cheating a system, but about a state-run system that is cheating the athletes", Craven said.

Russian Federation has been banned from competing in next month's paralympics in Rio.

"We will fight for our Paralympians", Mutko, who the International Olympic Committee banned from attending the Olympics, told the Tass news agency.

He blamed the Russian government's thirst for glory for the predicament the para-athletes find themselves in now.

On Sunday, WADA came out in support of the IPC's decision, saying it's "in the interest of clean athletes and the clean sport movement".

"It shows a blatant disregard for the health and well-being of athletes and, quite simply, has no place in Paralympic sport".

Russian Federation finished second in the medal standings at the 2012 London Paralympics and had 267 athlete slots for Rio in 18 sports which will only now be filled if an appeal is successful.

  • Jon Douglas