Hearing on Russian Paralympic Committee appeal against ban postponed by 24 hours

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Rio de Janeiro, Aug 20 (IANS) The Russian Paralympic Committee’s (RPC) appeal against their ban from Rio 2016 will be heard on Monday (August 22), 24 hours later than originally planned, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has announced.

The RPC officially launched its appeal last week to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), whose ad-hoc division will deliberate over the case here, reports Xinhua.

A verdict was due to be revealed on Monday but the decision will now be published a day after on Tuesday (August 23), two days after the closing ceremony of the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games.

“The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, has scheduled the appeal for Monday and a final decision will be announced by the CAS by noon CEST on Tuesday, 23 August,” the IPC confirmed in a statement on Friday.

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IPC decided to impose a blanket ban on Russia on August 7 following the release of a World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) report, which alleged the presence of a state-sponsored doping scheme in the country.

The report revealed what he described as the “disappearing positive methodology” – where positive samples were switched for clean ones – in the explosive report.

A total of 35 “disappearing positives” were found in Paralympic sport, according to the report, although only 21 of these were within the IPC remit.

Since then, another 10 such cases have been brought to the attention of the IPC.

Russia was always likely to contest the decision of the IPC, which has been criticized in the country and by various organisations and International Federations, including the Association of National Olympic Committees and World Archery among others.

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The Rio 2016 Paralympics will run from September 7 to 18.



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