Paralympics ban for Russia different from IOC decision: Bach

Mon Aug 8, 2016 4:49pm EDT
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By Karolos Grohmann

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Russia's exclusion from next month's Paralympic Games in Rio is a different situation from the IOC's decision to allow some Russian competitors to take part at the Olympics, International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach said on Monday.

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) only had to ban one federation -- the Paralympic Committee of Russia -- while the IOC had to take a decision involving competitors from 28 international federations, Bach told Reuters in an interview.

The IOC refused to impose a blanket ban on Russia following revelations of state-backed doping across all sports and instead set criteria for Russian competitors, including a clean doping past and sufficient international tests, to be eligible for Rio.

A report commissioned by the World Anti-Doping Agency also found widespread violations at the 2014 winter Olympics in Russia's Sochi, with positive tests replaced by clean samples from Russian competitors.

"It is a different situation and therefore a different decision," Bach said. "The IPC has just only one member federation in Russia.

"This you can compare for instance with the situation in the International Weightlifting Federation where also the IOC accepted and helped and supported the decision to exclude the whole team because you had so many cases."

Russian weightlifters were banned from the Games by the international federation while the country's track and field team has also been essentially excluded with only one Russian track and field athlete competing in Rio.


International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach during an interview with Reuters at the Olympic Park.    REUTERS/Kevin Coombs