(ATR) The International Paralympic Committee officially welcomes Russia back as a conditional member.
Andrew Parsons announces Russia's conditional reinstatement last month (IPC)
The Russia Paralympic Committee must fulfill a list of criteria set forth by the IPC to maintain its conditional status, which the IPC announced at a press conference last month. March 15 was the deadline for the IPC to formally reinstate the RPC.
The IPC suspended the RPC ahead of the Rio 2016 Paralympics after the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) was declared non-compliant. Russian athletes were barred from the Rio 2016 Paralympics, and were permitted to compete in PyeongChang 2018 if authorized as neutral athletes.
A total of 70 conditions were given for the RPC to implement before its suspension would be removed. Russia fulfilled 69 of them, with the acceptance of the independent McLaren report being the only exception.
“As Russia disappointingly did not accept the findings of the McLaren Report, we can only lift the suspension under strict conditions,” the IPC said in a statement. “As a result, we will continue to supervise the RPC’s actions and activities until 31 December 2022, a period that covers the Tokyo 2020 and Beijing 2022 Paralympic Games.”
Russian Paralympians must face additional drug testing in the final six months before any “relevant competition”. The RPC, IPC, and international federations must be able to conduct anti-doping testing in the country “without external interference”.
The RPC must also provide “free and unrestricted access” to athletes for testing, and provide a quarterly report “showing all scheduled competition and training events during the relevant calendar year” to the IPC.
A full list of the requirements the RPC must maintain can be found here
“We are looking forward to welcoming the RPC back as an IPC member,” Andrew Parsons, IPC President said in a statement. “The organization should be under no illusions, however, that should it at any stage not meet the post-reinstatement criteria, the IPC Governing Board can reconsider its membership status. This could include the IPC revoking the conditional reinstatement.”
Written by Aaron Bauer
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