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Russia’s Paralympic body asks IPC to specify criteria for reinstating membership

August 30, 13:32 UTC+3 MOSCOW
On August 7, the IPC decided to bar the whole Russian Paralympic team from taking part in the 2016 Summer Paralympics
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MOSCOW, August 30. /TASS/. The Russian Paralympic Committee (RPC) sent an inquiry to the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) asking to specify the criteria necessary for reinstating Russia’s suspended membership in the global Paralympic body, RPC President Vladimir Lukin told TASS on Tuesday.

"They (IPC) never clarified the criteria required for membership restoration, therefore we have forwarded an inquiry regarding this issue," Lukin said in an interview with TASS. "We will be working with the IPC to find out what sort of a road map they are drafting or perhaps have already prepared."

On August 7, the IPC decided to bar the whole Russian Paralympic team from taking part in the 2016 Summer Paralympics. The ruling came on the heels of a report delivered earlier in the summer by the Independent Commission of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

The commission, led by Canadian sports law professor Richard McLaren, claimed in particular that a total of 35 doping samples were concealed in the Russian Paralympic sports between 2012 and 2015. However, it turned out later that not all the stated cases of concealed doping samples concerned the Russian Paralympic Committee. Nevertheless, the IPC decided on collectively punishing the Russian national team.

The RPC filed a lawsuit with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on August 15 in Lausanne against the IPC’s decision, but eight days later, the Swiss-based court ruled to uphold the ban slapped on the whole Russian Paralympic squad.

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced last week that Russia would organize alternative competitive events for the barred Russian Paralympic team and the awards for Paralympians would be equal to those promised at the 2016 Rio Games.

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