Russians Call Possible Paralympic Ban ‘Inhumane’

The entire Russian team could be banned from the Paralympic Games in Rio, with the International Paralympic Committee set to make a decision in the upcoming days. It was “a complete surprise” and “shock” to the head of the Russian Paralympic Committee, Vladimir Lukin.

“There were no warnings before. [The International Paralympic Committee] has decided to officially raise the question of suspending the work of our national Paralympic Committee, as well as its membership in the International Paralympic Committee,” said Lukin, the president of the Russian Paralympic Committee.

“We couldn’t understand what this decision is based on. Most likely, it’s about the McLaren report [on doping], but that report doesn’t give any data about the Paralympic athletes at all. There is only one table which says that 35 doping test bottles were lost.”

Lukin went onto say that the committee received an additional letter about those lost tests, but the document failed to provide the names of athletes or any specific information whatsoever.

Lukin added that the Russian Paralympic Committee cannot inform the international Paralympic body about any violations simply because it’s not within the institution’s competence.

“We’re not a law-enforcement authority, we’re a victim, even if this cheating existed. And we would have been all the more interested in discovering it, if it did.”

Lukin also says that the athletes will be become victims if this ban actually occurs.

“In our case, they are offering to apply the principle of collective guilt, it’s completely wrong, unjust, and should be corrected.… It’s a mass execution of dozens, if not hundreds, of innocent, clean Paralympic athletes.”

Russian human rights activist Lyudmila Alekseeva weighed in on the situation, supporting the Russian Paralympic Committee.

This decision is absolutely beyond my understanding. First of all, our Paralympic athletes have never had any history of doping use. Secondly, the president of our Paralympic Committee, Vladimir Lukin, is a highly-esteemed person, and has never let anything unlawful or unjust happen,” she told RT.

“Moreover, the way the question is raised is cruel, inhumane… and outrageous, both to our Paralympic Committee, and all the more so to our athletes. Things are harder for them, and still… they’ve shown excellent results. They are heroes,” Alekseeva added.

Russian Olympic athletes, including 2006 speed skating gold medalist Svetlana Zhurova and former track and field athlete Iolanda Chen also weighed in, in disbelief that the Paralympic athletes could possibly get banned with no real grounds for it.

Read the original story via RT here.

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4 years ago

I agree with Russia on this one, banning entrance to the Paralympics based on dipping in the Olympics is wrong and takes away from all the work and hardship the Ethelred endured

Attila the Hunt
Reply to  Uberfan
4 years ago

What about subjecting children (ustinova at 14 tested positive) and the disabled to state-sponsored doping?

Is that humane?

Swim Dad
4 years ago

As a family member of a Para Swimmer who is in the world rankings for 10 years it makes me sick when I hear the Russian bleeding heart comments about disabled. Yes, all the athletes work hard but that shouldn’t give anyone a free pass to the Paralympic games when the athlete or the country is messed up with doping. MacLaren caught the Russians with their hands in the cookie jar of doping. There are many Para and Able Bodied athletes around the world that have their opportunity for Rio selection taken away due doped Russian performances that have shown up in world rankings over the past few years. All of us here know something about swimming. For the most… Read more »

Billy\'s Big Brother
Reply to  Swim Dad
4 years ago

Considering all evidence so far is based on the testimonials of two individuals, one of which was clearly paid off by the yanks, add to this the relentless anti-russian propaganda and yank political motives, and what you have is a… I don’t know what one would call this, but it’s pretty pathetic and you would have to have an iq lower than 80 to believe this nonsense.

4 years ago

That the IPC can seriously consider suspending the Russian Paralympic Committtee yet continue to allow the Australian Paralympic Committee to compete with their endemic cheating during classification is dumbfounding. Where is the difference? Cheating is Cheating! Address IM for goodness sake, that is what is killing the sport. Minors are working the system to get easier classifications. They aren’t doing that alone, they have to be supported by Management and Staff.

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James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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