MOSCOW, December 20. /TASS/. The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) will announce its decision on the membership of the Russian Paralympic Committee (RPC) on Wednesday, two days earlier than planned, IPC Media & Communications Director Craig Spence told TASS.
According to earlier reports, the decision was to be announced at a news conference in London on December 22.
Spence said Friday’s conference has been cancelled. Instead, a statement on the issue will be published.
On August 7, 2016, the IPC decided to bar the entire Russian team from taking part in the 2016 Summer Paralympics in Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro. 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 Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on August 23, 2016 upheld the IPC ruling that came on the heels of a report delivered a month earlier by the WADA Independent Commission, chaired by Canadian sports law professor Richard McLaren.
In early September, the IPC Executive Board decided to extend the suspension of the RPC membership within the international organization, however, it pointed to the great progress achieved by Russia in pursuing the reinstatement criteria. The decision made by the ex-IPC president Sir Philip Craven jeopardized further chances of Russia’s participation in the Paralympic Winter Games in South Korea’s PyeongChang next year.
However, Russian Para-athletes were given the green light for the qualifying tournaments of the 2018 Paralympics with the status of neutral representatives in four sports, namely alpine skiing, biathlon, cross-country skiing and snowboarding.