Most Russian Paralympians are absolutely clean of doping abuse, President of the Russian Paralympic Committee (RPC) Vladimir Lukin said on Monday.

 

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“Over the period of more than three years, either 35 or 20 doping samples have been found but they have disappeared and the names [of Para-athletes] are not given. However, a decision was made on this ground to suspend the RPC’s membership. This means an actual ban on our athletes to compete at the Paralympics,” Lukin said.

 

“This means that the team, which numbers about 270 athletes, is banned to do what it has been doing in the past several years, its training practice. An overwhelming majority of athletes are absolutely clean. They have had their doping samples taken on numerous occasions,” Lukin said.