Russia facing potential Rio doping ban

Fri Jul 22, 2016 3:02pm EDT
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By Mitch Phillips

LONDON (Reuters) - Russia will find out in two weeks whether it is to be banned completely from the Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro after officials opened proceedings against the country on Friday following revelations of doping cover-ups.

"Suspension proceedings against the National Paralympic Committee of Russia (NPC Russia) have been opened following the publication of the McLaren Report on Monday and additional information it has since received from the report's author," the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) said in a statement.

Richard McLaren's 'Independent Person Report' for the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) revealed the widespread cover-up of positive doping tests across a range of sports, with para-athletes also involved.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) will decide on Sunday whether to ban Russia entirely from the main Rio Games next month, where their athletics and weightlifting teams are already suspended.

The IPC said it expects to announce its decision on whether to suspend Russia the week commencing Aug. 1.

Should the NPC be suspended they will have 21 days to appeal against the decision. The Paralympics take place from Sept. 7-18.

"The IPC has been provided with the names of the para-athletes associated with the 35 'disappearing positive samples' from the Moscow laboratory highlighted in the report," the IPC said.

"The IPC is also sending 19 samples from the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games for immediate further analysis after they were identified by Richard McLaren's investigation team as having been potentially doctored as part of the sample swapping regime during the Games."   Continued...