The RPC Governing Board member, Paralympic Champion, member of the IPC Athletes’ Council – Terentiev Mikhail took part in the IPC Athletes’ Council, which was held in Bonn since March 31 to April 2, 2017.
At the meeting, a new chairperson of Athletes’ Council was elected. Chelsea Gotell, Paralympic Champion (Swimming for visually impaired), became a chairperson.
Upon the initiative of Mikhail Terentiev, the meeting considered a question regarding possible participation of Russian athletes in Paralympic Games and a motion of athletes’ eligibility under the neutral flag. Mr. Terentiev, in his speech, pointed out that one of the main scopes of the IPC Athletes’ Council – to protect rights and interests, providing equal opportunities for all of athletes. But, nowadays, most of athletes are deprived of equal rights, participating in international competitions.
However, an option of Russian athletes’ participation under the neutral flag was not supported due to the fact that such an option applies only to refugees or to the countries without their national Paralympic committees.
At the end of discussion, the IPC Athletes’ Council members expressed their support to Russian athletes and proposed to report with a request to implement the reinstatement criteria and the RPC reinstatement memberships in IPC as soon as possible. A Chairperson of the IPC Athletes’ Council - Chelsea Gotell, will attentively follow the progress report of the IPC Taskforce regarding the RPC reinstatement memberships at the IPC meeting in May.
In frames of the meeting, a strategic session on cooperation of the IPC Athletes’ Council with the IPC standing committees and athletes of Paralympic sports was held through the focus groups. It was also discussed the issues which are going to be considered at the IPC Athletes Forum, which will be held in June 10-11, 2017.