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Canada beats US sled hockey team for world title

By NICK ZACCARDI

(April 20 ) – The U.S. sled hockey team’s first loss this season came in its most pivotal game.

Canada easily dispatched the U.S. 4-1 in the world championship final, keeping the Americans from claiming back-to-back world titles en route to the Paralympics next year.  Continue reading

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Paralympic runners amaze fans with times besting Olympians

Top four in 1,500-metre race all faster than Olympic gold medalist

Algeria's Abdellatif Baka won gold in the 1,500-metre race in the Rio Paralympics on Sunday in a classification for visually impaired runners. Baka ran the race faster than the Olympic gold medallist in the same event | BOB MARTIN / AP

Algeria’s Abdellatif Baka won gold in the 1,500-metre race in the Rio Paralympics on Sunday in a classification for visually impaired runners. Baka ran the race faster than the Olympic gold medallist in the same event | BOB MARTIN / AP

By KATE ALLEN, Toronto Star Science and Technology reporter
(Sept. 13) – After Abdellatif Baka crossed the finish line of the men’s 1,500-metre race at the Paralympics in Rio on Sunday night, winning gold in 3:48.29, the Algerian knelt down and touched his face to the track, then walked over to a TV camera and kissed the lens. Continue reading

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Belarus gives opening ceremony flag to Russian Paralympians

Andrei Fomochkin, an official of the Belarus Paralympic team, who carried a Russian flag at the opening of the Rio Paralympics, is seen here in Minsk airport. © Viktor Tolochko

Andrei Fomochkin, an official of the Belarus Paralympic team, who carried a Russian flag at the opening of the Rio Paralympics, is seen here in Minsk airport | © Viktor Tolochko / Sputnik

(Rt.com) Belarusian Sport and Tourism Ministry member Andrey Fomochkin gave the Russian flag he controversially unveiled at the opening ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympics to Russian athletes.

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Mass action held in Toronto to denounce IPC’s decision to ban Russia from Rio Games

Participants in the action waved the slogans in Russian and English reading “Shame on WADA”, “Enable Russian Paralympians to join the Games” and “Say No to Bans”

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Rio: Appeal of Russian organizations in Canada

Activists of the Russian community of Toronto, Montreal, and other North American cities will protest against the blanket ban on the Russian National Team of Paralympic athletes from participation in the Rio 2016 Olympics. The decision to ban the athletes demonstrates an absolute disregard for the legal right of people to the presumption of innocence. We cannot allow such blatant attacks on our morals, ethics, and democratic freedoms. Unfortunately, we are witnessing increasing politicization of sports and major sporting events on the planet.

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‘Ban, ban, ban!’: Paralympians victimized

“And there is no world outcry against the banning of the Russian Paralympic team? In what world does this make sense except as a blatant attack on the rights of the disabled?” – Dugald MacDonald on Facebook

“Let’s leave the last word to Joe Biden, the Vice President of the world’s ‘Exceptional Nation’ – and one which doesn’t have to worry too much about doping bans. ‘We are America, second to none, and we own the finish line,’ he said. ‘Don’t forget it.’” – NEIL CLARK

Russian Paralympic fencers rest after competition matches at the federal center for Russian national teams. © Kirill Kallinikov

Russian Paralympic fencers rest after competition matches at the federal center for Russian national teams | © Kirill Kallinikov / Sputnik

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Olympics: Unraveling the doping scandal

By MARCEL WOLAND

“Some people think that football is a matter of life and death. I assure you, it’s much more serious than that.”Followers of mass media in the West may be forgiven for not noticing that the Olympic movement has been severely damaged by the recent weaponization of the Olympics.

What the average Western viewer was expected to take away from the much-reported ‘Russian doping scandal’ was that Russia is indeed a lawless, sinister entity and that the Fu Manchu-like Putin has his finger in every pie. Many believed it. Continue reading

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