Jan 31 2018
The IPC said in a statement that "it is maintaining the suspension of the Russian Paralympic Committee (RPC)".
However, "in recognition of the progress made by the RPC in improving its anti-doping activities", the IPC is allowing individual Russian athletes who meet certain conditions to compete in five sports as neutral athletes at the games, which run from March 8-18.
The Paralympic decision stands somewhat in contrast to the International Olympic Committee's ruling on Russia's participation in the 2018 Winter Games next month in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
Russia has been banned from the 2018 Paralympic Games, officials announced Monday, refusing to lift a ban because of what they called an insufficient recovery from the Russian doping scandal.
"On the other hand, this attitude to the people, who prove their right to take part in the Paralympic Games by their courage and will, is blasphemy and madness". The evidence Russian Federation showed to refute the conclusions of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Independent Commission headed by Richard McLaren is not enough, International Paralympic Committee (IPC) President Andrew Parsons told TASS.
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Wentz, 25, said Friday that when he returns to the field in several months, he won't alter his playing style. He still expects to be ready for the 2018 regular-season opener in September.
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Neutral Paralympic Athletes (NPA) as they will be known will compete in alpine skiing, biathlon, cross-country skiing, snowboard and wheelchair curling. According to the IPC, "the Taskforce highlighted two criteria that are still outstanding: the full reinstatement of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)" and "the provision of an official response specifically and adequately addressing the findings made by Professor McLaren". Parsons also asserted that the country's anti-doping system "is no longer compromised or corrupted".
Since then, there has been enough improvement to justify allowing Russians to compete as neutral athletes after extra drug testing, Parsons said.
The Paralympic Committee also took a tougher line during the Summer Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro in 2016, banning Russia entirely from the games, while the IOC permitted the worldwide federations of individuals to choose which athletes to let in.
Beucher claimed the IPC had been influenced by external pressure to create a way in which Russian athletes can compete. Dozens of Russians were banned from competing at the Rio Olympics for the same reason.
Jan 31 2018
Iranian women protest obligatory headscarf; Twitterati praise the bravery
The woman, reportedly a 31-year-old mother, broke the law by exposing her hair in public, risking arrest and fines. Women are only allowed to show their face, hands and feet in public and are supposed to wear only modest colours.
Jan 31 2018
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Nikki hadn't competed since WrestleMania , but she was the final person eliminated after entering at No. 27. Jason Powell, editor of ProWrestling, said it'll still be tough to get UFC fans to follow her to WWE .
Jan 29 2018
Putin opposition leader Alexei Navalny arrested after organizing fair election protests
Navalny, a lawyer and anti-corruption activist, is gaining name recognition, if not widespread support from Russia's public. After authorities refused to register his candidacy in the election, Navalny has called on supporters to boycott the vote.
Jan 28 2018
Li Haotong on unfamiliar ground as he leads Omega Dubai Desert Classic
I just wanted to go out there and play a good seven holes and hopefully get myself into contention for the last couple of rounds. That gave him a two-shot lead at the halfway point but he was unable to maintain that momentum at the start of his third round.
Jan 28 2018
Pelicans C reportedly out for season with torn Achilles tendon
And for Pelicans' Center DeMarcus Cousins , news just broke that he may have suffered one of the worst sports injuries of all. As for the Pelicans , they'll be hard-pressed to deal for help replacing Cousins at the deadline due to their cap situation.
Jan 28 2018
On last day in Israel, Pence visits Western Wall, Yad Vashem
But as I said, it is controversial because Palestinians also have a claim on the city. He described Trump as "a political pyromaniac, a racist misogynist".
Jan 28 2018
Richardson says Suu Kyi living in a 'bubble'
There is a "power bubble that has been created around her", filled with people who "tell her how great things are", he said. Duterte said he had a chance to talk to Suu Kyi, Myanmar's state counselor, and told the latter not to mind her critics.
Jan 26 2018
Doomsday clock ticks closer to midnight
The time for world leaders to address looming nuclear danger and the continuing march of climate change is long past. The board explained the reasoning behind its decision, and recommendations for calming nuclear tensions.
Jan 26 2018
BJD suspends MP Baijayant Panda, he says charges false
He made the statement in reference to Patnaik's Private Secretary IAS officer V Kartikeyan Pandian. Panda was elected to Lok Sabha in 2009 and 2014 from Kendrapara Lok Sabha constituency.
Jan 25 2018
Stripe ends support for bitcoin payments
On Tuesday, however, product manager Tom Karlo announced that the company will be winding down support for bitcoin payments. Today, Stripe reiterated its support for a viable digital currency , but said that bitcoin just isn't cutting it.
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