MOSCOW, March 15. /TASS/. The Russian Paralympic Committee (RPC) must reimburse the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) with the sum of 625,000 euros (over $706,400) until 2022, in order for its membership’s full reinstatement with the global organization, the IPC said in a statement on Friday.
"After a 30 month-long suspension, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has conditionally reinstated the Russian Paralympic Committee (RPC) as a member," the statement said.
The IPC announced on February 8 a decision to conditionally lift the suspension of the Russian Paralympic Committee (RPC) by March 15, which granted the right for Russian Para athletes to compete at international tournaments under the national flag after that date.
However, the conditional lift of the suspension would be in force until December 31, 2022, which means that the Russian side must strictly abide by a number of special requirements to avoid a recurrence of sanctions.
The statement on Friday reads that "Among the criteria the RPC must meet until 31 December 2022 are the following: In 2019, the RPC must pay the IPC EUR 250,000 as a contribution to the increased testing required in relation to Russian Para athletes under the IPC’s jurisdiction. From 2020 this amount is EUR 125,000 each year for the next three years."
Announcing the conditional lift of the suspension early last month, the IPC stated that it would grant permissions to Russian athletes to participate in the 2020 and 2022 Paralympics under the condition that they undergo frequent doping tests.
IPC President Andrew Parsons was quoted as saying in today’s statement that "Since its suspension in August 2016, the RPC has made significant progress in transforming its governance and how it goes about its anti-doping activities."
"The RPC met 69 of the 70 reinstatement criteria originally outlined by the IPC which gives us the confidence that it is now a much-improved organization from the time when it was suspended," Parsons said.
The IPC suspended the Russian Paralympic Committee in August 2016 in the wake of a report delivered a month earlier by the WADA Independent Commission, chaired by Canadian sports law professor Richard McLaren. The report stated in particular that Russia allegedly employed a state-sponsored doping system.
On August 7, 2016, the IPC decided to bar the entire Russian team from taking part in the 2016 Summer Paralympics in Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro. Besides skipping the 2016 Summer Paralympics in Brazil due to the imposed sanctions the Russian Paralympians partly missed the 2018 Winter Paralympics in PyeongChang as only few of them were cleared to participate under the neutral status.
Commenting further on Russia’s conditional membership reinstatement, IPC chief Parsons stated today that "As Russia disappointingly did not accept the findings of the McLaren Report, we can only lift the suspension under strict conditions."
"Consequently, we will continue to supervise the RPC’s actions and activities until 31 December 2022, a period that covers the Tokyo 2020 and Beijing 2022 Paralympic Games," he said. "We are looking forward to welcoming the RPC back as an IPC member."
"The organization should be under no illusions, however, that should it at any stage not meet the post-reinstatement criteria, the IPC Governing Board can reconsider its membership status. This could include the IPC revoking the conditional reinstatement," Parsons added.