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IPC head shares expectations from the court in the case of sanctions against Russian sport

25 August 2020
MOSCOW, August 24. / Corr. TASS Artem Kuznetsov /. It is important for the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) in the case of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) sanctions against Russian sport to obtain a decision that will leave no room for interpretation. This was stated in an interview with TASS by the president of the organization, Andrew Parsons.

In November, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) should consider an appeal against the decision of the WADA Executive Committee to deprive the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) of the compliance status and the right of Russian athletes to compete at the Olympics, Paralympics and World Championships under the country’s flag.

“In this process, we, along with the IOC, are among the stakeholders, because we want the CAS decision to be extremely clear. We do not want to leave reasons for its interpretations. As long as the situation is not in our hands, we can only wait,” said Parsons.

The status of RUSADA is one of the points of conditional restoration of membership of the Russian Paralympic Committee (RPC), which from the summer of 2016 to February 2019 was deprived of rights in the international federation. Parsons is still at a loss to predict whether RCC will be disqualified again if RUSADA is stripped of compliance status.

“Nothing will happen automatically in this matter. First you need to get a clear CAS verdict, and after that it will be submitted to our executive committee, which will make a decision in the interests of the entire Paralympic movement,” he said.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo have been postponed to 2021. The Paralympics should begin exactly one year later – on August 24th.

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