The Russian Paralympic Committee (RPC) will try to appeal against the decision of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on banning Russians from the 2016 Paralympic Games in the Supreme Court of Switzerland, but Russian athletes will not compete in the Games, Alexei Karpenko, a lawyer representing the committee’s interests in the CAS told the Rossiya 24 TV channel on Tuesday.
"We are very disappointed by the CAS decision. A team of lawyers of the Russian Paralympic Committee was sure that Russian athletes will be allowed to compete in the 2016 Games even if the RPC is suspended," Karpenko said. "There is a violation of human rights, so the RPC will appeal against the CAS decision in Switzerland’s Supreme Court. However, the process will take between one and two years. Due to this, Russian Paralympic athletes will not compete in the 2016 Games."
The International Paralympic Committee earlier suspended the RPC and banned Russian athletes from this year’s Games following the report of the independent commission of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) led by Richard McLaren. On Tuesday, the CAS dismissed Russia’s appeal confirming the IPC decision.
The Paralympic Games will be held in Rio de Janeiro from September 7 to September 18.
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