San Marino Committee: Only Paralympians With Positive Doping Test Must Be Banned

© Sputnik / Maksim Bogodvid / Go to the mediabankThe Paralympic flag and the Russian national flag. (File)
The Paralympic flag and the Russian national flag. (File) - Sputnik International
Only those Russian paralympians who tested positively for doping should have been banned from the upcoming Paralympic Games in Rio, President of San Marino Paralympic Committee Daniela Del Din told Sputnik Wednesday.

Lighting the Paralympic cauldron during the opening ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Paralympics. (File) - Sputnik International
China Condemns CAS 'Unscrupulous' Decision to Ban Russian Paralympic Athletes
MOSCOW (Sputnik) — On Tuesday, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) upheld the International Paralympic Committee's (IPC) decision taken on August 7 to suspend Russian Paralympians from the September Games in Rio, thus dismissing Russia’s August 15 appeal. According to the IPC, Russian Paralympians will not be able to lodge individual appeals with the CAS to gain clearance for the September 7-18 Rio Paralympics.

"I think that this fact is very bad for the Olympic and Paralympic sport, this situation shouldn't exist. The correct decision would have been to suspend only the athletes [tested] positive and not all," Del Din said.

On August 7, the IPC chief suspended Russia from the Games, citing its alleged failure to comply with the organization’s anti-doping rules. Russian Paralympic Committee President Vladimir Lukin replied that the body had "irrefutable evidence" of compliance with global anti-doping obligations.

"Certainly, the Paralympic sport does not benefit from this," the president added.

The doping scandal involving Russian athletes, simmering since 2014, escalated in July when an independent World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) commission published a report accusing Russia of having a state-run doping program and urging the International Olympic Committee to consider a blanket ban on the entire Russian team. According to WADA, among the positive doping samples that have allegedly disappeared in the Moscow testing laboratory, 35 were from Paralympic athletes.

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