Rio 2016 Paralympics: Vladimir Putin says Russia ban is ‘immoral’ and ‘inhumane’

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) suspended Russia from the Rio Games starting on 7 September because of state-sponsored doping.

Putin said the ruling was “cynical” and “humiliates those who take such decisions”.

Only Russian track and field athletes were banned from the Olympics.

Putin, speaking at an award ceremony for Russian Olympians at the Kremlin, said the country would hold special competitions for banned Paralympic athletes, with the winners awarded the same prizes as in Rio.

Foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Russian Paralympians had taken “collective responsibility for an unproven crime”.


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