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The International Paralympics Committee says Russia’s team will be suspended from the Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang.

It, however, said individual athletes will be allowed to compete under a neutral flag.

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The agreement is similar to that put in place to allow able-bodied Russian competitors to take part in next month’s Winter Olympics that precede the Paralympics.

The IPC suspended Russia in August 2016 after the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) found Vladimir Putin’s country guilty of state-sponsored doping.

After a review, the IPC said in a statement on Monday that “it is maintaining the suspension of the Russian Paralympic Committee (RPC)”.

“However, in recognition of the progress made by the RPC in improving its anti-doping activities, it will allow eligible Russian Para athletes who meet strict conditions to compete in five sports under the name Neutral Paralympic Athlete (NPA),” it said.