The Executive Committee of the International Paralympic Committee extended the suspension of the Russian Paralympic Committee. The final decision about the participation of Russians in the 2018 Paralympic games in Pyeongchang postponed until the next meeting of the Executive Committee of the IPC, which will take place from 26 to 28 January 2018.
photo: Gennady Cherkasov
While the representatives of the Russian Federation retained the ability to compete under a neutral flag in the qualifying rounds for the four winter sports: Alpine skiing, biathlon, cross country skiing and snowboarding under a neutral flag.
In the official press release reads RCC, IPC commended the work on the implementation of the Russian party of the terms of the IPC.
At the same time part of the requirements again. As noted in the document, they are not directly related to the Paralympic Committee of Russia and “clearly go beyond its competence”. In particular, allegedly was not presented with any explanation based on “report of the McLaren”.
We will remind that the publication in August of 2016 resulted in the suspension of RCC membership in international organizations; in may 2017, the suspension is increased following the vote of the IPC.
“It is sad that victims of these vague and largely politicized claims are the fate of Paralympic athletes whose guilt of any violations found and not legally proved”, — is spoken in the message on the official website of RCC.
However, the organization hopes to continue dialogue with international partners and the joint work on the organization of participation of Russian athletes in the qualifying competition for the Paralympic tournament in South Korea.
In addition, 22 December 2017 Friday, London will host a press conference on the progress of the Russian Paralympic Committee (RCC) Criteria restoration of RCC membership in the IPC. It is expected that the event will be attended by IPC President Andrew Parsons and a Director of IPC communications and public Affairs Craig Spence.