MOSCOW, December 22. /TASS/. The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) expects the Russian Paralympic Committee (RPC) to meet the remaining reinstatement criteria by the end of January, IPC Media and Communications Director Craig Spence told TASS.
The IPC Governing Board earlier maintained the suspension of the RPC, while the decision about Russia’s participation in the 2018 Paralympic Games is expected to be made in late January. At the same time, the IPC also stated that it kept in force its previous decision regarding "an interim measure for Russian athletes to compete as neutrals in qualification events across four winter sports: alpine skiing, biathlon, cross-country skiing and snowboard."
"The final deadline for athlete entries into PyeongChang 2018 is February 23. Therefore our decision at the end of January will be our final one ahead of the Games," Spence said. "Our priority and hope at the moment is that the RPC meets the remaining five reinstatement criteria prior to the end of January," he added.
The reinstatement criteria particularly include "the full reinstatement of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)." At the same time, the IPC Membership Department should approve the RPC’s statute and the implementation of all the financial aspects concerning its reinstatement. The Russian Sports Ministry is expected to confirm that all the necessary legislative actions have been taken in order to impose sanctions on support personnel working with athletes. Besides, Russia must present a detailed and reasoned response to the conclusions that the McLaren report contains.
The Winter Olympic Games in South Korea’s PyeongChang will be held on February 9-25, 2018, while the Paralympics will take place on March 9-19.