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ST. PETERSBURG, September 12. /TASS/. All Russian participants of the 2016 Wheelchair Dance World Cup in St. Petersburg were initially deprived of receiving awards and qualifying points for future European and World competitions following a relevant decision made by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), a local organizer of the competition told TASS on Monday.
"We have maintained the right and status of hosting this event only upon a condition that (Russia’s) national athletes must be neither granted awards nor any points for the participation," Sergei Gutnikov, the president of the St. Petersburg sports federation for people with limited abilities, said in an interview with TASS.
Gutnikov said that in line with an official letter from the IPC the awards were never to be handed over to the Russian participants, "however, we made a decision eventually not to hand awards to anyone at all."
"All participants in the tournament received special prizes, but no IPC awards were handed over," he added.
Irina Lyudinovskaya, the spokesperson for the Wheelchair Dance Federation, confirmed in an interview with TASS that "such situation did take place."
The 2016 Wheelchair Dance World Cup in Russia’s second largest city of St. Petersburg was held this month under the official permission of the IPC, therefore all earlier restrictions imposed by the IPC on the Russian Paralympic Committee (RPC) were in force for the tournament.
On August 7, the IPC announced its decision to ban the membership of the RPC. The global committee eventually 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).