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    A ban imposed on Russian Paralympians from competing in the Rio Paralympics this year is hypocritical and morally disgusting, Russian Foreign Ministry Human Rights Ombudsman Konstantin Dolgov said Thursday.

    DOBROGRAD (Vladimir Region), (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 ahead of the games.

    "We regard the CAS decision against Russian Paralympians as hypocritical and morally disgusting," Dolgov said at a roundtable on the sidelines of the sixth Russia – Country of Sports international forum.

    The CAS 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.

    "Double standards… is when some athletes are allowed to use banned substances when others are not. This radically undermines the foundations of cooperation in these areas. We consider it inadmissible to force sport fall hostage to political ambitions," Dolgov stressed.

    Starting last month, the Fancy Bears hacking collective leaked at least six batches of WADA confidential medial records, including Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUE). The athletes given TUEs include Rafael Nadal, Venus and Serena Williams and four-time Rio Olympics gold medalist Simone Biles, among others.

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    Russia, Konstantin Dolgov, Russian Foreign Ministry, CAS, Paralympics 2016
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