MOSCOW, June 20. /TASS/. Possible suspension of the Russian national team from the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro cannot tell on Russia’s participation in the 2016 Paralympic Games, President of the Russian Paralympic Committee Vladimir Lukin told TASS on Monday.
Earlier, Spiegel Online cited participants in the International Olympic Committee (OIC) summit to be held on June 21 as saying that the meeting is likely to raise the issue of imposing sanctions on the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) and suspension of Russian sports federations from the Olympic Games in Brazil.
"Paralympic Games are organized by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC). It is an international organization of which the Russian Paralympic Committee is a member," Lukin said. "Such issue has not been raised at the International Paralympic Committee and I will be very surprised if it is raised. We wish success to all our athletes but possible decision of the International Olympic Committee will not be applicable to us."
Russia’s national Paralympic team continues preparations for the Paralympic Games. The qualifications stage is currently nearing completion.
"The team is getting prepared in a routine regime, with intense training sessions and camps of key teams. We plan to send a big team to the Paralympic Games, much bigger that in the Games in London. I’d rather not list all the 17 sports disciplines, which include field and track athletics and swimming. Qualification competitions are nearing completion," Lukin added.
The Council of the IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federations) decided at its session in Vienna on Friday to keep in force membership’s suspension of the Russian athletics body. The suspension means that Russian field and track athletes are currently ineligible to take part in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil. Exceptions may be made only for the athletes, who manage to prove they are not involved in the Russian anti-doping system. However, even in that case they would not be able to compete under the national Russian flag.
The final decision on the issue of participation of Russian field and track athletes at the Olympic Games is due to be announced during the summit of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in Lausanne, Switzerland, on June 21.