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Russian Official Says Paralympics Ban A 'Grave Human Rights Abuse'


Vladimir Lukin said most Russian Paralympians were not guilty of doping and that he was ready to prove that the team had fulfilled all its anti-doping obligations.

Vladimir Lukin said most Russian Paralympians were not guilty of doping and that he was ready to prove that the team had fulfilled all its anti-doping obligations.

The head of the Russian Paralympic Committee says a decision to bar Russian athletes from taking part in next month's Rio Paralympics over doping allegations is a grave human rights abuse.

Vladimir Lukin, president of the committee, made the comment at a news conference in Moscow on August 8.

Lukin said most Russian Paralympians were not guilty of doping and that he was ready to prove that the team had fulfilled all its anti-doping obligations.

"The overwhelming majority of sportspeople who were prevented from taking part in the Games were absolutely clean sportspeople," said Lukin, adding he had evidence that the Russian team had run a tight anti-doping program.

Lukin was speaking after International Paralympic Committee (IPC) President Philip Craven said on August 7 that Russia's Paralympians were part of a broken system overseen by the Russian government and suspended the Russian Paralympic Committee ahead of the Games, which are being held on September 7-18.

Based on reporting by Reuters
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