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> The Russian doping scandal now hitting Paralympics, with the decision to ban the whole team of parathletes from competing in the Rio 2016 games. That bombshell dropped by the International Paralympic Committee Sunday as doping issues shadow the event. Reuters sports editor Mitch Phillips is in Rio.
>> Well, they've taken a different approach. They've decided that this culture of doping was so ingrained that they said for the good of the Paralympic sport movement, they've gone for the blanket ban, which is not what the IOC went for, the IOC sent it back to the individual federation to make the decision.
But the controllers of the Paralympics have said, no, we're making that decision, and we don't want Russia there.>> The IPC decision follows the McLaren report last month that implicated Russian parathletes in the widespread doping and cover-ups that led to the selective banning of many competitors from the Olympics.
Russia were a big player in Paralympics sport and put a lot of money into it and won a lot of medals in London and in the Sochi Paralympics, so it's gonna have a big impact. They've immediately announced they're going to appeal to the court of arbitration for sports, so we're probably gonna go through the same process that we went through with the other Olympics, so it's not the end of the story.
>> The Paralympics are scheduled to start on September 7th.