Japan works to boost Paralympic profile before 2020 Games

A school programme in Japan blindfolds pupils so they can experience some of the sensations Paralympians feel. The initiative comes as it’s revealed that nearly half of Tokyo’s residents can’t name a single Paralympian and international sporting officials are worried about the city’s readiness to accommodate athletes.

Fencing: No limbs, no problem for Italy’s fencing firebrand

Paralympic fencer Beatrice Vio is a veritable sports icon in Italy, a model of courage whose infectious enthusiasm and prowess have won her legions of loyal fans. Struck with meningitis C at 11, Vio’s legs and forearms had to be amputated as the disease became necrotic.

Paralympic dreams dashed: Entire Russian team banned after losing appeal

Russian Paralympic athletes and their coaches have reacted with shock and anger after the Court of Arbitration for Sport rejected an appeal on a blanket Rio ban. “They killed my dream” and “a humiliation of people with disabilities” were two of the responses from athletes.
CAS on Tuesday rejected an appeal over a decision to bar all Russian athletes from the Rio Paralympic Games, set to take place September 7-18. The appeal had been filed by the Russian Paralympic Committee (RPC).

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Still Unknown: Russian Paralympic team stuck in limbo before Rio 2016

In the Paralympic camp, it’s still not yet known whether Russia will be allowed to take part in the Games which start in September. Sports chiefs are considering the possibility of a complete ban on the team due to doping offences. A delegation from the Russian Paralympic Committee met with the International Paralympic Committee just a couple of hours ago in the German city of Bonn. RT’s Anastasia Churkina has more.

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Russian paralympic team probed over 35 unnamed positive samples

Russia’s Paralympic team will put forward its case on Wednesday, to compete in Rio. It’s after a probe was initiated over some 35 unnamed positive samples for doping, mentioned in the WADA report into alleged sporting drug practices in Russia. A delegation from the country will now meet sports chiefs in Germany and an outright ban is among the possible sanctions being considered.

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