REPEAT-Swiss court holds fire on Russian paralympic athletes' Rio ban

Reuters

ZURICH, Aug 31 (Reuters) - The Swiss Federal Court declined on Wednesday to issue a preliminary injunction that would have let Russian Paralympic athletes compete at the Rio Games next month, saying instead it will rule later on the team's ban due to state-sponsored doping.

Russia is appealing the International Paralympics Committee's decision this month to ban its athletes from the Sept. 7-18 competition.

After losing before the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne last week, Russia took its case to the Swiss tribunal.

(Reporting by John Miller; Editing by Michael Shields)

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