Russia still hopes for Rio after rejected appeal

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MOSCOW: Russia’s Paralympic Committee on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila) said there was still a chance Russians could compete at the Rio Paralympics but remained vague on the legal measures it would take in the hope of overturning the country’s suspension. “The Russian Paralympic Committee believes that Russian athletes still have a chance to take part in the Games,” the committee said in a statement. The committee’s president, Vladimir Lukin, declined to elaborate on the legal steps it was pondering to contest Tuesday’s rejection by the Court of Arbitration for Sport of Russia’s appeal against its suspension. Russia last week appealed a decision by the International Paralympic Committee to suspend the country over evidence of state-sponsored doping.

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