14:17 GMT15 April 2021
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    The decision by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) to start suspension proceedings against the Russian Paralympic Committee (RPC) is politicized and contradicts Paralympic values, RPC Executive Committee member Sergei Shilov said.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The IPC said Friday it had opened suspension proceedings against the RPC in light of a report accusing Moscow of overseeing a state-wide doping program.

    "The decision of the International Paralympic Committee is politicized and has absolutely nothing to do with the sports or the Paralympic values. And it absolutely lacks a sports component," Shilov told R-Sport.

    On Monday, an independent World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) commission presented a report based on the results of its investigation into allegations that dozens of Russian athletes used performance-enhancing drugs at the 2014 Winter Olympics. Russia has been accused of running a state-wide doping program.

    Following the release of the WADA report, the International Olympic Committee said that it would consider a collective ban for the entire Russian team.


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