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IPC notes positive shifts in Russian Paralympic Committee’s membership reinstatement

February 13, 20:25 UTC+3 MOSCOW
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MOSCOW, February 13. /TASS/. The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) announced in its statement on Monday that it reached a certain progress with the Russian Paralympic Committee (RPC) on the national organization’s membership reinstatement in the global body.

"I am pleased to report that there have been various positive developments since the IPC Taskforce commenced its work," the statement quoted RPC Taskforce chair Andy Parkinson as saying.

The IPC Governing Board announced its decision on January 30 to keep the Russian athletes suspended from taking part in the qualifying competitions for the 2018 Winter Paralympic Games.

On August 7, 2016, the International Paralympic Committee decided to bar the entire Russian team from taking part in the 2016 Summer Paralympics in Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro. The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on August 23 upheld the IPC ruling that came on the heels of a report delivered in July by the WADA Independent Commission, chaired by Canadian sports law professor Richard McLaren.

The McLaren-led commission claimed in particular that a total of 35 doping samples were concealed by Russian Paralympic sports between 2012 and 2015.

Besides collectively punishing the Russian national team by banning it from the Rio Games, the IPC also decided to suspend the RPC membership in the international organization. The Russian Paralympic team is now facing a possibility of being banned from the 2018 Winter Paralympic Games in South Korea’s PyeongChang.

On November 21, the IPC made public a list of criteria Russia must meet to resume the RPC membership and be allowed to take part in international competitions. Officials from the two Paralympic organizations met in mid-December in Bonn to discuss these criteria.

On January 11, the Russian Paralympic Committee referred to the IPC its edition of the roadmap for resumption of its membership.

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