IPC extends suspension of Russian Paralympic Committee

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According to the IPC’s statement published on Wednesday, September 6th, the suspension of the Russian Paralympic Committee will remain in force.

“The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Governing Board has decided to maintain the suspension of the Russian Paralympic Committee (RPC), with a further review due in November 2017 following the WADA Foundation Board meeting. However, it has put in place a limited interim measure for Russian athletes to compete as neutrals in qualification events across four sports for the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games, subject to meeting certain published conditions,” said in the statement.

It also mentions the disciplines in which Russians can take part: skis, biathlon, alpine skiing, and snowboarding.

In September, the RPC reported that at a meeting with members of the working group of the International Paralympic Committee that took place on August 29th in Bonn, a full report was provided on the work of the RPC since the temporary suspension of membership in the IPC and up to the present.

The membership of the RPC in the IPC has been suspended since August 2016 after the “McLaren Report” that was published in July. Thus, the Russians missed the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. In November, the RPC received the recovery criteria from the IPC. In May 2017, the IPC Executive Committee voted unanimously to extend the suspension of the RPC.

Source: Interfax