A German court has turned down an attempt from 10 Russian athletes to overturn their ban from the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, which are due to begin here on Wednesday (September 7).
The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) introduced a blanket ban for the entire Russian Paralympic team in Rio de Janeiro in the wake of Richard McLaren’s damning report, which alleged the presence of a state-sponsored doping scheme at a number of major events, including the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics and Paralympics.
A total of 35 "disappearing positives" were found in Paralympic sport, according to the report, between 2012 and 2015.
The Associated Press reports that the state court in Bonn, where the IPC is based, found today that the IPC has no obligation to allow the 10 athletes in question to compete.
The court ruled the decision to exclude Russia from the Paralympics was "comprehensibly justified".
The IPC, meanwhile, has said it is working to "define criteria" for Russia’s reinstatement to the global organisation.
Russian Paralympic Committee (RPC) President Vladimir Lukin said last week that they had written to the IPC in order to find out how they get their membership reinstated, which would allow them to return to international competitions.
"The IPC is still developing the steps the Russian Paralympic Committee will need to take to meet its membership obligations," IPC communications director Craig Spence told TASS.
"By rule, the Russian Paralympic Committee’s suspension will be lifted immediately following the Governing Board’s determination that the member is once again able to meet its membership obligations in full."
Last week, the IPC rejected more than 175 appeals from Russians hoping to compete as neutral participants on the grounds that there is no way to participate other than under a National Paralympic Committee banner.
A total of 34 athletes affected have submitted individual appeals to the Lausanne-based Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), who had previously supported the IPC stance.
But a request to speed-up the consideration of these appeals before Rio 2016 was rejected, meaning that none of the cases will be heard until after the Closing Ceremony.
Any chance of the IPC offering the Russian Paralympic Committee financial compensation for missing the Games has also been rejected as "irrelevant".
This is something which has not been formally announced by the IPC but has, according to senior Russian figures, been mooted.
Russia's state-owned media giants Rossiya Segodnya have said they are boycotting the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro as a gesture of "solidarity" with the country's banned athletes.
Instead of featuring stories on Rio 2016, they will present coverage of "Russian Paralympic champions from various years and their personal stories of triumph".
Rossiya Segodnya will not send any reporters to Brazil, they said, although event results and photographs will be carried by the R-Sport news agency.
They will instead prioritise an alternative event planned for banned Paralympians in Russia on Wednesday and Thursday (September 8).