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Paralympics ban Russia

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil — After escaping a blanket ban from the Olympics, Russia was kicked out of next month's Paralympics on Sunday as punishment for the state running a doping operation that polluted sports by prioritizing "medals over morals."

Paralympic leaders expelled Russia as the International Olympic Committee announced that 278 Russians had been cleared to compete at the Olympics after their eligibility was left to individual sports.

Russia's years of doping deception, including tampering with samples at the 2014 Olympics and Paralympics in Sochi, Russia, were outlined last month by World Anti-Doping Agency investigator Richard McLaren.

"The facts really do hurt," International Paralympic Committee president Philip Craven said. "They are an unprecedented attack on every clean athlete who competes in sport. The antidoping system in Russia is broken, corrupted and entirely compromised."

In contrast to IOC president Thomas Bach, who opposed the "nuclear option" of banning Russia ahead of Friday's opening ceremony, Craven directly condemned the Russian state's involvement in doping but stopped short of blaming President Vladimir Putin.

Russia said it would appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Kenyan doping: Kenya is sending a track and field official home over "very serious allegations" that he offered to protect cheating athletes from drug testing for money, IOC spokesman Mark Adams said. The Sunday Times in London said Michael Rotich was filmed during an undercover investigation it ran offering to protect athletes from drug testing authorities for a $13,000 bribe.

Wind scuttles rowing: Rowers got a day off when strong winds whipped up treacherous waves. The regatta was called off after a two-hour delay at the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon.

Paralympics ban Russia 08/07/16 [Last modified: Sunday, August 7, 2016 9:57pm]
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