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Paralympic Committee Of Russia Calls McLaren Data ‘Inconsistent’

The Paralympic Committee of Russia has termed data mentioned in the report of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Independent Commission on the doping samples of Russian Paralympians as 'inconsistent'.

The issue of 35 positive doping samples mentioned in the report by WADA Independent Commission Head Richard McLaren was raised at a meeting of Russian lawmakers and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) in Bonn on March 10. The Paralympic Committee of Russia remarked it had been informed about 10 new doping cases after the report of Canadian lawyer Richard McLaren was published. The Russian side explained that only 28 out of 45 doping samples belonged to Paralympians.

In a press release, the Russia's Paralympic Committee said 17 Paralympic athletes of the 28 samples related to Paralympians have been sanctioned while 11 samples have not been confirmed. The press release added none of the 11 samples, according to information received by the RPC from the Russian Anti-Doping Agency, contains banned substances and the said 11 Paralympic athletes have not received any notices of violating anti-doping rules.

In August, the International Paralympic Committee announced its decision to bar the entire Russian Paralympic team from participating in the 2016 Summer Paralympics in Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro. The IPC ruling that came on the hells of the WADA Independent Commission report was upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on August 23. It was claimed by the report in particular that a total of 35 doping samples were concealed by Russian Paralympic sports between 2012 and 2015.

The IPC also suspended the RPC membership in the international organization. The International Paralympic Committee is also considering a ban of the entire Russian Paralympic team from the 2018 Winter Paralympic Games in South Korea’s PyeongChang. The Executive Board of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) made this announcement.

However, the Russian Paralympic Committee has remarked that it will continue to train Paralympians of the country for the 018 Winter Paralympic Games. The Russia's Paralympic Committee said it reserves the right to defend legal rights of Russian Paralympians in an established procedure in line with Russian and international laws. It was also commented by the RPC that it will continue to train para athletes for the Winter Paralympic Games in South Korea.

In another development, Russia has allocated 2.5 million euros ($2.6 million) to a fund of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) for the elimination of doping in sport. Russia’s Sports Minister Pavel Kolobkov made the announcement and said Russia since 2009 has been allocating money for a fund of UNESCO that supports anti-doping programs around the world. Kolobkov, speaking at the annual symposium of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), added Russia in general has contributed 2.5 million euros. The Russian Sports Minister also said we back working visits of independent experts of UNESCO to Russia so that they could assess our work and give advice on implementing principles of convention on anti-doping fight. In late 2006, Russia ratified the international convention against doping in sport.

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