BREAKING NEWS: IPC confirms blanket Paralympics ban for Russia


Russia will not be allowed to compete at the 2016 Paralympic Games after the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) confirmed it had implemented a blanket ban.

Allegations of state-sponsored doping made in an independent report commissioned by the World Anti-Doping Agency have cast serious doubt over Russian competitors, who will now be forced to miss the Games in Rio.

The stance taken by the IPC differs from that of the International Olympic Committee, who left it to sports' individual federations to determine which competitors could take part at the Olympic Games.