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MOSCOW, December 7. /TASS/. The Russian Sports Ministry is providing the necessary legal assistance to the national Paralympic body regarding its membership reinstatement in the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), a senior sports official told TASS on Wednesday.
The Committee of Physical Culture, Sport, Tourism and Youth Affairs of the Russian parliament’s lower house issued on Wednesday a recommendation to the Sports Ministry to provide legal assistance to the Russian Paralympic Committee (RPC) regarding the recently received criteria from the IPC on its membership reinstatement.
"The process of the RPC reinstatement in the International Paralympic Committee is in the constant focus of the Sports Ministry, which is, first of all, provides legal assistance," Russian Deputy Sports Minister Natalia Parshikova said in an interview with TASS. "We keep working on this issue every single day."
Commenting on the criteria outlined by the IPC for Russia to restore its membership, RPC Vice President Rima Batalova said last week that the international organization set forward impossible criteria for the RPC to implement.
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.