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Paralympians’ participation in 2018 Games to depend on IOC decision — RPC president

November 27, 19:13 UTC+3 MOSCOW

The International Olympic Committee will decide on December 5 on the possibility of Russian athletes’ participation in the 2018 Olympic Games

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MOSCOW, November 27. /TASS/. The Russian Paralympic Committee (RPC) has no new information regarding the participation of Russian Paralympic athletes in the 2018 Games, a lot will depend on the December decision by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on whether to permit Russians to compete at the PyeongChang Olympics, RPC President Vladimir Lukin told reporters on Monday.

"There is no new information, something happens every day, but all that is ‘background noise," Lukin noted. "There will be some new information on December 5-6, after a meeting of the International Olympic Committee Executive Board is held. The IOC’s decision on Russians’ participation in the Olympics is very important for Paralympic athletes as well."

"New International Paralympic Committee President, Andrew Parsons, has made it clear that they will take into account Olympic athletes’ opinion," Lukin stressed.

The IOC Executive Board will decide on December 5 on the possibility of Russian athletes’ participation in the 2018 Olympic Games. The participation of Russian Paralympic athletes in the upcoming Games is under threat because of the decision to suspend the RPC’s membership in the International Paralympic Committee.

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