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Rio 2016: Russia condemns IPC’s ban decision

The Russian Olympic Committee has condemned the IPC’s decision to ban its athletes from the Paralympics. The committee’s head, Alexander Zhukov, said it was provoked by strong political pressure. President of the Russian Paralympic Committee Vladimir Lukin said it was a ridiculous decision, adding there was no evidence to support allegations that Russia has a state-sponsored doping system. The Russian Foreign Ministry also said the ban is a betrayal of current human rights standards.

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