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Russia hopes to receive roadmap from IPC on Paralympic membership soon

October 25, 2016, 20:03 UTC+3 MOSCOW

Issue of Russia’s participation in 2018 Paralympics must be settled by March, an official stresses

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 RPC Vice President Pavel Rozhkov

RPC Vice President Pavel Rozhkov

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MOSCOW, October 25. /TASS/. The Russian Paralympic Committee (RPC) is waiting for the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) to send their requirements necessary for the reinstatement of the Russian committee in the global body, RPC Vice President Pavel Rozhkov said on Tuesday.

"We are currently in talks with the IPC and are working on the road map," Rozhkov said. "We hope that we will receive it (road map) in the nearest future."

The issue of clearing Russian Paralympians for qualifying tournaments in the run-up to the 2018 Winter Paralympics in South Korea must be resolved before next March, Rozhkov said. 

"The qualifiers for Korea are about to start and the deadline for us is March or April," Rozhkov said. "The International Curling Federation has already confirmed its readiness to clear our athletes for all competitions."

"The main concerns regard the skiing, biathlon, alpine skiing, snowboarding and sledge-hockey," the RPC official added.

Last week, Irina Gromova, the head coach of the Paralympic skiing and biathlon team, announced that Russian Paralympic skiers and biathlon racers skipped the deadline to apply for the upcoming international tournaments, which also serve as the qualifiers for the 2018 Winter Paralympics.

Rozhkov said in late September that the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) kept providing them with very vague requirements regarding the reinstatement of the RPC membership, while the deadline for Russia to apply for qualifying tournaments ahead of the 2018 Paralympics in South Korea was about to expire.

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 by 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.

Last month IPC spokesman Craig Spence told TASS that the international committee was working to define criteria for Russia on reinstating its membership in the global organization.

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