Putin calls ban on Russia's Paralympic team inhumane

AP , Thursday 25 Aug 2016

Share/Bookmark
Views: 2610

Russian President Vladimir Putin has attacked the ban on his country from the Rio de Janeiro Paralympics as immoral and inhumane.

Russia was suspended on Aug. 7 over what International Paralympic Committee president Philip Craven called a ''medals over morals'' culture with evidence of state-sponsored doping. The ban was confirmed Tuesday when the Court of Arbitration of Sport rejected a Russian appeal.

Speaking to Olympic athletes at the Kremlin on Thursday, Putin says the ''decision to disqualify our Paralympians is outside the bounds of law, morality and humanity.''

Special competitions will be organized in Russia for banned Paralympic athletes with winners getting the same prizes they would have had from success in Rio.

The Russian government awards cash prizes to Olympic and Paralympic medalists.

The Paralympics start Sept. 7.

(For more sports news and updates, follow Ahram Online Sports on Twitter at @AO_Sports and on Facebook at AhramOnlineSports.)

Search Keywords:

Add Comment

 
 
 
Ahram Online welcomes readers' comments on all issues covered by the site, along with any criticisms and/or corrections. Readers are asked to limit their feedback to a maximum of 4000 characters (roughly 200 words). All comments/criticisms will, however, be subject to the following code
  • We will not publish comments which contain rude or abusive language, libelous statements, slander and personal attacks against any person/s.
  • We will not publish comments which contain racist remarks or any kind of racial or religious incitement against any group of people, in Egypt or outside it.
  • We welcome criticism of our reports and articles but we will not publish personal attacks, slander or fabrications directed against our reporters and contributing writers.
  • We reserve the right to correct, when at all possible, obvious errors in spelling and grammar. However, due to time and staffing constraints such corrections will not be made across the board or on a regular basis.