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  • Appeal denied: Russian athletes officially banned from Paralympics

    Ben Rohrbach at Fourth-Place Medal1 day ago

    Restrictions are officially even more severe for Russia’s Paralympians than the country’s Olympians.

    Following the McLaren report’s exposure of a state-sponsored Russian doping program, the International Olympic Committee still cleared 278 Russians for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, but the International Paralympic Committee wasn’t so kind, completely banning the country’s competitors.

    Upon the Russian Paralympic Committee’s appeal, the Court of Arbitration for Sport upheld the IPC’s decision Tuesday, according to BBC. Russia will be excluded when the Paralympics begin Sept. 7.

    The IOC came under fire after turning over the fate of Russian Olympians to the federations for each individual sport, rather than follow the World Anti-Doping Agency’s recommendation of a full ban. The Russians claimed 56 medals at the Olympics, including 19 gold, to finish fourth in the medal count.

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  • Speedo cuts ties with Ryan Lochte: 'We cannot condone his behavior'

    Shalise Manza Young at Fourth-Place Medal1 day ago

    The consequences of lying are starting to be realized for Ryan Lochte: Speedo USA has announced in a Monday statement that it is cutting ties with the swimmer:

    “Speedo USA today announces the decision to end its sponsorship of Ryan Lochte. As part of this decision, Speedo USA will donate a $50,000 portion of Lochte’s fee to Save The Children, a global charity partner of Speedo USA’s parent company, for children in Brazil.

    “While we have enjoyed a winning relationship with Ryan for over a decade and he has been an important member of the Speedo team, we cannot condone behavior that is counter to the values this brand has long stood for. We appreciate his many achievements and hope he moves forward and learns from this experience.”

    Speedo USA is the first company to officially end its business relationship with Lochte, who caused an international incident last week in Rio when he claimed he and other U.S. swimmers were robbed at gunpoint; in truth, the four men vandalized a gas station, then cooked up a story to make them look like victims.

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