Russia banned from Paralympics: What, when, why?

Paralympic fencers during competitions at the 7th Russian Championship of Wheelchair Fencing in a specialized room at the federal center for Russian national teams "Round Lake" in Lobnya.

Paralympic fencers during competitions at the 7th Russian Championship of Wheelchair Fencing in a specialized room at the federal center for Russian national teams "Round Lake" in Lobnya.

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The head of the International Paralympic Committee, Sir Philip Craven, has announced that Russia is to be given a blanket ban on participation in the Paralympics in Rio in September. What are the reasons for the severity of the punishment and is there a chance of lifting the ban before competition begins?

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