At the beginning of the meeting, Vladimir Lukin handed departmental awards of the Russian Paralympic Committee:
- Plaque of honor of the Paralympic Committee of Russia "For merits in the development of the Paralympic movement in Russia" to Elena Belkina, head coach of the Russian wheelchair fencing team;
- Certificate of acknowledgement of the Russian Paralympic Committee "For the Great Contribution to the Development of the Paralympic Movement in Russia":to the member of the RPC Governing Board Yuri Zhukov, head coach of the Russian national sitting volleyball team Alexander Ovsyannikov.
Pavel Rozhkov, Chairman of the Governing Board, First Vice President of the RPC reported on the first issue " Meeting of the Paragraphs of the Road map for implementation of the RPC Reinstatement criteria for its membership at the IPC "
"One of the main Criteria is" The promotion of an open environment that encourages whistleblowing and raising the awareness of athletes and athletes personnel of Russian national teams about anti-doping.”
In order to meet the Criteria the RPC started the RPC Educational Anti-Doping Programme and upon the IPC Taskforce’s recommendation hold the official launch of the RPC “hotline” for reporting of any alleged anti-doping rules violations. The RPC presented Ambassadors of Paralympic sports.
The RPC Educational Anti-Doping Programme was developed by the RPC in co-operation with the IPC Taskforce, RUSADA and World Anti-Doping Agency independent experts. The programme’s mission is to prevent intentional and neglected use of the prohibited substances and methods by Paralympic athletes in Paralympic sport. It also aims to increase the awareness levels of athletes and athlete support personnel in the fight against doping to ensure fair and clean competitiveness of athletes at national and international competitions in Paralympic sports.
For the implementation of the Educational Anti-Doping Programme, the RPC faces the task in the near future to train more than 2,500 Russian athletes, coaches and specialists of Russian national teams. With the purpose to realize this task, the RPC together with WADA independent international experts and RUSADA specialists prepared 15 lecturers. With the purpose to promote an open environment with zero-tolerance to doping and preserving clean sport, the RPC has produced some special propaganda attributes – placards, bracelets, pens, notebooks and other things. The RPC has published the second release of “Paralympic Sport” magazine, the information on anti-doping procurement of the athletes, operation of the RPC “hotline”, examination of medical supplies, e-learning educational platform of RUSADA and crosswords so everybody is able to check his/her knowledge in the field of anti-doping.
Also, the RPC hold the first pilot anti-doping seminar. 38 athletes and coaches – members of National Sport Teams of Russia of Para Ice Hockey, Wheelchair curling and Paracanoe took their courses at this day and received the RPC Certificates on the successful completion of the seminar.
In order to increase the level of education in the field of anti-doping procurement of the athletes of National Sport Teams of Russia and all those, who take an active part in preparation of sport reserve, the RPC has published the IPC Anti-Doping Code and has developed and published Athlete Anti-Doping Guidelines.
In order to implement National anti-doping plan the RPC in conjunction with the RUSADA is actively participating in promotion and implementation of the measures to encourage an institute of whistleblowing, preparation of proposal of a voluntary testing of athletes. The RPC has also provided with its proposals to incorporate the measures, which set restrictions and limitations to persons, who once were sanctioned to commit anti-doping rules violations, up to a measure of withdrawal of person’s right to be employed in the field of physical culture and sport, and the RPC has proposed recommendations to establish in national sport federation a division, which would be responsible for struggling against doping.
To comply with the RPC reinstatement criteria, in case an athlete or athlete support personnel have violated anti-doping rules, the RPC provides the IPC with the reports on all the decisions made by the Disciplinary Anti-Doping Commission (DAC); impose sanctions, which were applied and publish information on the RPC website in respect to a person, who has committed anti-doping rules violation.
For the purpose to increase availability of any anti-doping information and to simplify the search of the particular documents on anti-doping activities, the RPC has published on the RPC’s website home page the link to “Anti-Doping” Section and printed it with red color in order to attract the attention of its visitors.
It is important to emphasize that the section "Anti-Doping" on the RPC website is updated regularly, it contains all the basic information on doping control.
Within the development of a strong anti-doping culture, one of the main criterions to regain its status is organizing anti-doping testing of Russian athletes and processing of its results management.
In July, the RPC by coming into agreement with the national sport federations of Paralympic sports, has updated and forwarded to the IPC and the IPC Taskforce the National list, consisting of 934 athletes, who the RPC would wish to put forward for participation in IPC-sanctioned competitions, were the RPC to be reinstated.
Accordingly to the p. 22 of RPC Reinstatement criteria all the Paralympic athletes, who are going to participate in IPC-sanctioned competitions, including Paralympic summer and winter games, must be included into the RUSADA, IPC and IFs’ RTPs not less than 6 months before the beginning of the mentioned competitions and have gone through testing at least twice.
As of August, there are totally 197 Paralympic athletes in RTPs, including in RUSADA’s RTP – 53 persons, IPC’s RTP – 93 persons, IFs’ RTPs – 51 persons.
The RPC has come to an agreement with the IPC that the RPC has to amend quarterly the National list as well as to prioritize athletes in order to take into account the available capacity of their inclusion in the RTPs. Presently, priority is given to athletes of Winter Paralympic sports to participate in Paralympic Game in Korea 2018 should the RPC is reinstated and they are almost all included into national and international RTPs.
Nowadays, there are discussions with RUSADA on the possibility to further increase the number of Paralympic athletes to be included into the national testing pool in compliance with the requirements of the RPC reinstatement criteria. The relevant instruction is given to RUSADA and to the RPC by p.14 of “the Complex of measures on implementation of National plan to fight against doping in Russian sport”, adopted by Independent Public Anti-Doping Commission, approved by the Decree of the Government of the Russian Federation dated July 10, 2017 №1456-р.
In accordance with the RPC reinstatement criteria, the RPC assists in implementation of testing plan, including the control monthly reporting of federations to RUSADA on the accurate addresses of the places where training camps and competitions take its places, procurement of working permits/visas for international doping control officers/blood collection officers, on a timely basis, as well as procurement of unrestricted access to athletes for anti-doping testing at noadvance notice, including access to 'closed cities'.
RPC’s specialists assist athletes in completing whereabouts information in ADAMS, and control receiving by them notifications of inclusion into the RTPs, inform athletes on liabilities of providing personal whereabouts information and their availability for testing accordingly to the indicated whereabouts information. In order to organize such an activity and to avoid failures by the athletes to be available for testing in accordance with the information provided, the RPC has developed “Regulations on cooperation with athletes included into the RTPs and athlete support personnel».
It was agreed that the outcomes of the RPC work on implementation of the RPC Reinstatement criteria in IPC memberships would be reviewed and discussed during the forthcoming meeting of the IPC Taskforce and the RPC Coordination Committee at the end of August of 2017 in Bonn (Germany) and at the meeting of the IPC Governing Board (September 3-4, 2017) in Abu-Dhabi (United Arabic Emirates).
An independent international expert appointed by WADA Peter Nicholson, was a second speaker on this issue. He expressed gratitude to the leadership of the RPC for the invitation to take part in the events, spoke about the importance of cooperation of all interested parties for the reinstatement of the RPC in the IPC and about the compliance of RUSADA with the WADA Code. The expert wished success to the athletes who would take part in the first pilot anti-doping seminar.
During the meeting the members of the RPC Governing Board approved:
· RPC Anti-Doping Educational Program and instructed the RPC staff together with Russian Sport Federation for People with Physical Impairment ( president- Lev Seleznev), Blinfd Sport Federation (president- Lidiya Abramova), Russian Sport Federation for Persons with Intellectual Impairment (president- Sergey Evseev) and the Commission on Medicine, Anti-Doping and Classification (Head of the Commission - Igor Medvedev) to ensure its implementation.
· Amendments to RPC anti-doping rules
· RPC Regulations on Ethics, conflict of interests and fight against corruption, and the RPC Appeal commission was approved.
Upon the IPC Taskforce’s recommendation on August 19, 2017 the RPC approved the Ambassadors of Paralympic sports- remarkable and outstanding Paralympic athletes who present different Federation for people with impairments. They will actively promote the values of Paralympic movement, spirit of a fair play, ideals of doping-free clean sport. The Paralympic Ambassadors are:
1. Michalina Lysova - four-time champion, 5-times silver and 2-time bronze medalist of the Paralympic Games in cross-country skiing and biathlon (federation of visually impaired),
2. Alexey Ashapatov- four-time champion of the Paralympic Games in athletics ( federation of physically impaired),
3. Dmitry Kokarev -three-time champion, four-time silver and bronze medalist of the Paralympic Games in swimming of people with musculoskeletal disorders( federation of physically impaired),
4. Margarita Goncharova -three-time champion and silver medalist of the Paralympic Games in athletics ( federation of physically impaired),
5. Evgeny Shvetsov -three-time champion of the Paralympic Games in athletics ( federation of physically impaired),
6. Alexey Bugaev -two-time champion, two-time silver and bronze medalist of the Paralympic Games in Alpine skiing( federation of physically impaired),
7. Dmitry Grigoriev -two-time silver and bronze medalist of the Paralympic Games in swimming ( federation of physically impaired),
8. Daria Stukalova- silver and three-time bronze medalist of the Paralympic Games in swimming (federation of visually impaired),
9. Alexander Shevchenko- silver medalist of the Paralympic Games, world champion in wheelchair curling,
10. Dmitry Lisov-s medalist of the Paralympic Games, bronze medalist of the Sledge Hockey World Championship ,
11. Vadim Selyukin- silver medalist of the Paralympic Games, bronze medalist of the sledge Hockey World Championship,
12. Alexey Bychenok- silver medalist of the Paralympic Games in cross-country skiing and biathlon ( federation of physically impaired),
13. Irina Kalyanova- two-time bronze medalist of the Paralympic Games in Judo (federation of visually impaired),
14. Stepanida Artakhinova -bronze medalist of the Paralympic Games, the world champion in Archery ( federation of physically impaired),
15. Ivan Goncharov- silver and bronze medalist of the World Championship in cross-country skiing and biathlon( federation of physically impaired),
16. Anastasia Mazur- silver medalist of the world championship in Goalball, team captain (federation of visually impaired),
17. Sergei Manzhos- silver medalist of the European Championship Football 5x5
Artem Toropchin, member of the RPC Governing board reported on the issue "On the approval of the program of training experts in the field of assessing the accessibility of facilities and services provided disabled people and other low-mobility groups of the population"
The RPC, taking into account many years of experience in creating a barrier-free environment for people with disabilities, plans to conduct training on the above educational program.The RPC GB approved the program and the training plan, instructed the RPC Staff to organize and conduct training of experts.
Pavel Rozhkov, Chairman of the Governing Board, First Vice President of the RPC , the Head of the Working Group on Preparations for Participation in the XII Paralympic Winter Games in 2018 in Pyeongchang (Republic of Korea) was a speaker on the point concerning the preparations for participation in the XII Paralympic Winter Games in 2018 in Pyeongchang, a long- list of candidates for the Paralympic delegation of Russia was approved for participate in the XII Paralympic Winter Games in 2018 in Pyeongchang (Republic of Korea) sould RPC is reinstated in the IPC. Besides RPC regulations on interaction with the athletes included in the registered testing pool were approved. Pavel Rozhkov told about the implementation of the schedule of training and competitive events, provision of sports equipment and equipment, medical and anti-doping support for the team, holding the final stage of preparation, air travel, official meeting the Russian national team.
The meeting was attended by RPC General Secretary, 5-time Paralympic Games Champion Andrei Strokin, Vice-President of the RPC, President of the Sports Federation of the Blind Lidia Abramova, Vice President of the RPC, President of the All-Russian Federation of Sports for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities Sergei Evseev, Vice President Anatoly Tsarik, member of the RPC GB, President of the All-Russian Federation of Sports of Persons with Physical impairment Lev Seleznev, Member of the RPC GB, Champion of the Paralympic Games Mikhail Terentiev, member of the RPC GB, Secretary General of All-Russian Federation of Sports of Persons with Physical impairment, 3-time Paralympic champion Olga Semenova, a member of the RPC GB Vladimir Bardyshev, a member of the RPC GB Gennady Dementyev, a member of RPC GB Alexander Ivonin, a member of the RPC GB Marina Kashcheeva, RPC GB member George Lunacharsky, RPC GB member Alexander Rjabuhin , Paralympic athletes, senior coaches and heads of the Russian Paralympic teams, etc.