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Azerbaijan Formally Rejects Redistributed Paralympics Licenses After Russia Ban

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Azerbaijan has officially rejected three Rio Paralympic Games licenses redistributed after the dismissal of the Russian team, the Ministry of Youth and Sports press service said Wednesday.

Member of the Russian Paralympic team for fencing, Roman Fedyaev - Sputnik International
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BAKU (Sputnik) – On August 23, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) rejected a Russian Paralympic Committee (RPC) appeal against the International Paralympics Committee’s (IPC) earlier ban on Russia's participation in the September 7-18 Rio Paralympics. The IPC rejected more than 175 Russian Paralympians’ individual requests to compete as neutral athletes last week.

"We perceived the IPC’s decision as unacceptable from the beginning, we do not accept these licenses. Given that the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro start today and the Russian Paralympic team was not admitted to these games, we officially renounce these three licenses," ministry spokeswoman Samaya Mammadova told RIA Novosti.

The ban, announced on August 7, was mainly influenced by the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) McLaren report on the alleged widespread use of performance enhancing substances by Russian athletes. The report, however, hardly mentioned Russian Paralympic athletes, apart from in relation to a list of 35 allegedly disappeared doping samples.

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