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Lukin re-elected as Russia’s Paralympic Committee chief

Lukin took the helm at Russia’s Paralympic Committee in January 1996

PODOLSK (Moscow Region), April 26. /TASS/. Vladimir Lukin has been re-elected as the president of the Russian Paralympic Committee (RPC) for another 4-year term at the organization’s reporting and election conference in Podolsk in the Moscow Region.

Lukin was the sole candidate for the post of the Russian Paralympic Committee’s president. He was nominated for this post by regional federations and the All-Russia Sports Federation of Athletes with Limited Abilities.

Lukin took the helm at Russia’s Paralympic Committee in January 1996 and was subsequently re-elected in 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014.

Pavel Rozhkov was elected as the first vice-president of Russia’s Paralympic Committee and the chairman of the organization’s Executive Board.

On August 7, 2016, the International Paralympic committee (the IPC) 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, 2016 upheld the IPC’s 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.

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.

Earlier in the year, the world’s governing body of Paralympic sports stated that Russia’s membership suspension remained in force since the RPC failed to implement five provisions set out in the roadmap of the IPC Taskforce, which oversees the implementation of the requirements for the RPC reinstatement.

One of five provisions at the issue states that Russia is obliged to come up with "The full reinstatement of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)."

Para athletes from Russia participated in the 2018 Paralympics in the neutral status, dubbed as the Neutral Paralympic Athletes (NPA), as the membership of the RPC with the IPC is currently suspended.

Russia’s so-called ‘neutral’ team of Para athletes brought home from PyeongChang a total of 24 medals, namely eight gold, 10 silver and six bronze, ranking second in the overall medal count of the 2018 PyeongChang Paralympics, after the United States.