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19 August 2017

In the Events Halll of the Russian Paralympic Committee, a round table was held to discuss anti-doping activities of the NPCs.

The Roundtable was attended by the Independent WADA Expert Peter Nicholson, IWAS CEO Charmaine Hooper, leaders and representatives of the National Paralympic committees of Armenia, Belarus, Bulgaria, Vietnam, Kirghizstan, China, Mongolia, Russia, Serbia, Montenegro, Tajikistan, Moldova, Kazakhstan, Laos, South Korea.
The President of the Russian Paralympic Committee Vladimir Lukin in his welcoming speech stressed:

"Doping is a serious modern challenge not only for the Paralympic sport, but for the sport as a whole. In this regard, it seems timely for us to consolidate our efforts and to develop a principally new approach in the fight against doping that meets all modern realities and innovative technological solutions in this direction. This "Round Table" is aimed at developing such solutions and approaches. "

Pavel Rozhkov, Chairman of the RPC Governing Board, RPC first Vice-president – a moderator of the event, introduced to thr international guests the documents and materials developed by the RPC in order to fulfill the RPC reinstatement criteria in the IPC:

1. RPC Anti-Doping Educational Programme

2. RPC “Hotline”

3. RPC Regulations on Ethics, conflict of interests and fight against corruption

4. Mechanisms to ensure the proper enforcement of any consequences imposed in respect of anti-doping rule violations

5. Procedure of systematic publication of all decisions imposing sanctions on persons under its jurisdiction in respect of anti-doping rule violation

6. Procedure of athletes’ notification about their inclusion to registered testing pool and necessity to provide information regarding their whereabouts through ADAMS.

7. Athlete and athlete support personnel anti-doping declarations

8. Statement of non-infringement of anti-doping rules

Charmaine Hooper, CEO IWAS, told the participants about the experience of preparation for IWAS World Games that will be held in Vila Real de San Antonio (Portugal) in 2017 .
She told about positive experience of IWAS World Games in 2015 in Sochi, organized by the All-Russian Federation of Sports for Persons with Physical Impairment, the Russian Ministry of Sport and the Russian Paralympic Committee. More than 800 representatives from 34 countries took part in the competitions. Pavel Rozhkov, IWAS Vice-president Chairman of the RPC Governing Board, RPC first Vice-president was  a supporting speaker on this issue.

Following the discussion of the documents and materials, the leaders and representatives of the 12 national Paralympic committees (Armenia, Belarus, Bulgaria, Vietnam, Kyrgyzstan, China, Serbia, Montenegro, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Moldova, Laos) and IWAS sent a letter in support of the RPC to the IPC GB, which will be held on September 3-4, 2017 in Abu Dhabi (UAE).

 (IWAS) is a member of the International Paralympic Committee, founder of the Paralympic Movement and Paralympic Games. The Federation has been developing adaptive sports for over 60 years. 

The headquarters of the International Federation is located in Aylesbury (United Kingdom). IWAS President - Paul de Pace (USA), Vice-Presidents - Karl Nielsen (Denmark), Pavel Rozhkov (Russia).

IWAS was one of the first to address the IPC with the words of support toward the RPC after the decision to suspend the membership of the Russian committee in the IPC and not allow the Russian national team to participate in the XV Paralympic Summer Games in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, (Brazil). In this appeal, IWAS noted that the exclusion from the Paralympic Games of athletes who had never been caught in doping use would not only violate the personal rights of these athletes, but would also violate the fundamental principles of our movement - honesty, justice, not discrimination. Also, IWAS presented anti-doping tests of Russian fencers, in which there was not a single positive test. The decision of the IWAS management allows Russian athletes to compete in all international competitions. 

In 2015, the IWAS World Games took place  in Sochi, for the first time on the territory of the Russian Federation. 800 oarticipants from 34 countries participated in IWAS Games. The games were played 213 sets of medals in 6 sports - athletics, swimming, archery, table tennis, parataekwondo and armsport. The Russian national team won the first place, having won 123 gold, 105 silver and 95 bronze medals.

In 2017, the IWAS World Games will be held in Vila Real di Santo Antonio (Portugal) from November 30 to December 6 in sports such as archery, athletics, beach paravolleyball, parataekwondo, swimming and table tennis. Russian athletes plan to take part in table tennis, parataekwondo and archery, in those sports, the development of which is beyond the competence of the IPC.

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