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    Suspension of Russian Athletes From Olympics Won't Affect Paralympic Team

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    Russian team set to take part in the Paralympic Games amid the doping scantdal with the Russian Olympic athletes.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The suspension of Russian athletes from the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro will not affect the Russian team set to take part in the Paralympic Games, the International Paralympic Committee said Monday.

    "The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) would like to clarify that Friday’s (17 June) IAAF decision does not affect the participation of Russian Para athletics team at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games," the committee said in a statement.

    The Russian para-athletics team has no association with the suspended All-Russia Athletics Federation (ARAF), the committee noted.

    "Currently there is no evidence that the anti-doping issues within ARAF extend to the Russian Paralympic Committee or Russian Para athletics team," the statement reads.

    The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is scheduled to hold an emergency summit next Tuesday in Lausanne, Switzerland, to discuss how this will affect innocent athletes.

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