The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) had opened suspension proceedings following the McLaren report, and has now confirmed the ban.The report, published last month, claimed Russia had operated a state-sponsored doping programme.The International Olympic Committee (IOC) chose not to give Russia a blanket ban from the Olympic Games.”The anti-doping system in Russia is broken, corrupted and entirely compromised,” said IPC president Sir Philip Craven at a news conference on Sunday.”The Russian Paralympic Committee are unable to ensure compliance with and enforcement of the IPC anti-doping code and the world anti-doping code within their own national jurisdiction and they can not fulfil its fundamental obligation as an IPC member.”As a result, the Russian Paralympic Committee is suspended with immediate effect.”
Marriott International has completed its acquisition of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, creating the world’s largest hotel company. Marriott now offers the most comprehensive portfolio of brands including leading lifestyle brands, a significant global footprint, and leadership in the luxury and select-service tiers as well as the convention and resort segment.Marriott will now match member status across Marriott Rewards which includes The Ritz-Carlton Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG), enabling members to transfer points between the programs for travel and exclusive experiences when they link their accounts.“Throughout our nearly 90 year history, we have never stopped searching for fresh ways to serve our guests. With the addition of Starwood’s strong brands, great properties, and talented people, we have dramatically expanded our ability to provide the best experiences to our customers. We also welcome the tremendous responsibility as the world’s largest hotel company to be a good global steward, providing new opportunities for our associates and building the economic strength of the communities we call home,” said J W Marriott, Jr, Executive Chairman and Chairman of the Board of Marriott International.Arne Sorenson, President and CEO, Marriott International, said, “Combining Starwood’s brands with ours better enables Marriott to reach our goal of having the right brand in the right place to serve our loyal guests and welcome new ones. We can now provide a better range of choices for our guests, more opportunities for our associates, and greater financial benefits for our owners, franchisees, and shareholders.”The new company will operate or franchise more than 5,700 properties and 1.1 million rooms, representing 30 leading brands from the moderate-tier to luxury in over 110 countries. With the completion of this acquisition, Marriott’s distribution has more than doubled in Asia and the Middle East.