Russia’s Paralympic team have been banned from competing in Rio. An act of discrimination, or simply tough justice?

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Russia’s Paralympic team have been banned from competing in Rio. An act of discrimination, or simply tough justice?

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A Canadian law professor, Richard McLaren, unearthed that Russia's sports ministry manipulated urine samples between 2011 and 2015. After the revelation that Russia had implemented a state-led doping programme, both the International Paralympic Committee and the International Olympic Committee discussed what action they wanted to implement. The International Paralympic Committee decided to employ a blanket ban on all Russian Paralympians; thus 267 Russian athletes are now disqualified from Rio’s Paralympics which begins on the 7th of September. Whilst the International Olympic Committee gave each individual sporting federation the ability to decide. 118 of the Russian Olympic athletes have been banned out of the 389 planning to compete in the 2016 Rio Olympic games. Two hundred and sixty-seven Russian Paralympians have wasted four years of their life training, eating and breathing their sports, all for a games they can no longer compete in. The International Paralympic Committee have lumped together the innocent and the guilty and punished them all equally. Is this justice?

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