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    The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) will announce its decision on the membership status of the Russian Paralympic Committee on August 7, according to the IRC director of media and communications.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has not announced yet its decision regarding the Russian Paralympic team's admission to the 2016 Rio Games, the IRC director of media and communications said Saturday.

    Earlier in the day, media reported that the Russian team would be suspended from the Olympics in the wake of a report alleging state-run doping in Russia.

    "IPC has not announced any decision on the membership status of the Russian Paralympic Committee. The announcement is Sunday at 17:00 CEST [15 GMT]," Craig Spence wrote on his Twitter.

    ​In July, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) urged IPC to suspend Russian Paralympic team from the Paralympic Games slated for September 7-18 in Rio following a report of the WADA independent commission led by Canadian lawyer Richard McLaren, alleging that Russia had run a state-controlled doping program.

    On Wednesday, the IPC said in a statement that President Philip Carven would hold a press conference at 3:00 GMT on Sunday to announce the decision on the membership status of the Russian team.


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