Russian athletes cannot compete as neutrals - IPC

Rio de Janeiro (AFP) –


Russian athletes seeking to take part individually in the Paralympic Games in order to sidestep a blanket ban will not be allowed to compete under a neutral banner, the International Paralympic Committee ruled on Thursday.

A statement from the IPC said more than 175 Russian athletes who had applied to compete individually would remain barred from the games, which open on September 7.

The IPC last month announced it was banning Russian competitors from the Paralympic Games following a World Anti-Doping Agency report which alleged a vast state-sponsored doping program.