The International Paralympic Committee on Sunday announced it was immediately suspending the entire Russian Paralympic contingent because of a rampant doping scandal.
The move was punishment for the country running a doping operation that polluted sports by prioritizing "medals over morals," according to the IPC.
"This decision has placed a huge burden upon all our shoulders, but it's a decision we've had to take in the best interests of the Paralympic Movement," IPC President Sir Phillip Craven said in a release.
"Ultimately, as the global governing body for the Paralympic Movement, it is our responsibility to ensure fair competition, so that athletes can have confidence that they are competing on a level playing field," he said."This is vital to the integrity and credibility of Paralympic sport, and in order to achieve this it is fundamental that each member abides by the rules."
The Russian Paralympic Committee was allowed to present its case both in writing and in person, and after further evaluation of all the evidence, the IPC Governing Board unanimously determined that the RPC was unable to ensure that they complied with the enforcement of the IPC's Anti Doping Code along with the World Anti-Doping Code within its own national jurisdiction.
The RPC will be given 21 days to appeal the IPC's decision, or they will be suspended indefinitely from all rights and privileges of IPC membership.
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