Anger grows after controversial Russian named for Paralympics





Pyeongchang, South Korea - Russian Mikhalina Lysova has been allowed to compete in the Winter Paralympics despite German officials stating on Wednesday that she features in the McLaren report about widespread Russian doping practices.



 
The name of the visually impaired biathlete and cross-country skier, who won three gold and three silver medals at the Paralympics in Sochi in 2014, is in the McLaren report according to the German Disabled Sports Association.
The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) said it could neither confirm nor deny that Lysova's name was in the McLaren report, which led to the IPC barring Russia from the Games and only permitting clean Russians to compete under a neutral flag.
Lysova received a late invitation to the Games - which start on Friday - after fulfilling all IPC conditions, including passing two official doping tests in the past six months.
Lysova's nomination has caused "amazement," the German Disabled Sports Association said in a statement. "Her name appears in the McLaren report...Lisova is under suspicion of manipulation."
Ralf Rombach, the German nordic skiing coach, added: "We can not understand this decisio

Wednesday, March 7th 2018
(dpa)
           


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