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    2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio (110)

    The British Paralympic Association welcomed on Sunday an International Paralympic Committee (IPC)'s decision to suspend Russian Paralympic athletes from the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

    LONDON (Sputnik) — On Sunday, the IPC announced the decision to suspend Russian Paralympic athletes from the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

    "While we have real sympathy for those individual Russian Paralympians not going to Rio who train and compete clean, it is crucial for the integrity of our sport that those involved as well as the public feel confident that all necessary measures are in place to tackle doping and the playing field is level. The British Paralympic Association therefore congratulates the IPC on taking a clear stand based on the evidence provided to the McClaren report and their own subsequent investigation," the British Paralympic Association said in a statement.

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

    The 2016 Paralympics are scheduled to be held in Rio on September 7-18.

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