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, 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.

As many as 94 athletes are looking to overturn their ban from the Games and are awaiting rulings from courts in Cologne and Bonn, expected to be made tomorrow.

By Daniel Etchells

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