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Russia: 'Life is being taken away from us' – Russian Paralympic champ on IPC ban01:40

Russia: 'Life is being taken away from us' – Russian Paralympic champ on IPC ban

Russian Federation, Moscow
December 20, 2017 at 19:30 GMT +00:00 · Published

Russian six-time Paralympic champion Sergei Shilov reacted to the International Paralympic Committee's (IPC) decision to ban Russian athletes from competing at the 2018 Pyeong Chang Winter Games, in Moscow, Wednesday."For many people with disabilities, sports is the only thing they can do. It's an aspiration, it's a desire to live and our desire, our dreams, our whole lives are now being taken away from us. Unfortunately." he said. Shilov asserted that Russian athletes had undergone doping tests "much more frequently now than before the Olympic Games in Sochi."The Paralympic champion doesn't think the Paralympics ban is fair. "If the athlete broke the rules, he is suspended. If he didn't break any rules, but he's still suspended, what right decisions are we talking about?" he noted. The Russian Paralympic Committee was suspended in August 2016. The team was also absent from the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Paralympic Games.

Russia: 'Life is being taken away from us' – Russian Paralympic champ on IPC ban01:40
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Russian six-time Paralympic champion Sergei Shilov reacted to the International Paralympic Committee's (IPC) decision to ban Russian athletes from competing at the 2018 Pyeong Chang Winter Games, in Moscow, Wednesday."For many people with disabilities, sports is the only thing they can do. It's an aspiration, it's a desire to live and our desire, our dreams, our whole lives are now being taken away from us. Unfortunately." he said. Shilov asserted that Russian athletes had undergone doping tests "much more frequently now than before the Olympic Games in Sochi."The Paralympic champion doesn't think the Paralympics ban is fair. "If the athlete broke the rules, he is suspended. If he didn't break any rules, but he's still suspended, what right decisions are we talking about?" he noted. The Russian Paralympic Committee was suspended in August 2016. The team was also absent from the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Paralympic Games.

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