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84 Russian athletes lose bid to compete in Paralympics

Associated Press Associated Press 6/09/2016
In this July 1, 2016 photo, Brazil's Vander Lima carries his canoe as he trains for the Paralympic Games in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Only a last-minute Brazilian government bailout has helped save the Paralympic Games from a shortfall in the local, privately funded operating budget. The influx of public money is still less than half of what Rio organizers promised for Paralympic funding in their 2009 bid to the International Olympic Committee. (AP Photo/Andre Penner) © The Associated Press In this July 1, 2016 photo, Brazil's Vander Lima carries his canoe as he trains for the Paralympic Games in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Only a last-minute Brazilian government bailout has helped save the Paralympic Games from a shortfall in the local, privately funded operating budget. The influx of public money is still less than half of what Rio organizers promised for Paralympic funding in their 2009 bid to the International Olympic Committee. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

BONN, Germany — A German court has dismissed appeals by 84 Russian athletes seeking to compete at the Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro.

The state court in Bonn, where the International Paralympic Committee is based, on Tuesday rejected the athletes' bid for an injunction forcing the IPC to allow them to compete.

Another 10 Russians had a similar application rejected on Monday.

The entire Russian Paralympic team has been barred from the games as punishment for state-backed doping in the country. The Court of Arbitration for Sport upheld the IPC's decision, and the IPC last week rejected the athletes' request for "individual admission" to the games, which open Wednesday.

The German court found that the IPC has no obligation to allow the athletes to compete.

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