The Paralympic Committee of Russia (PCR) has reimbursed all costs associated with the process of membership reinstatement in the International Paralympic Committee (IPC). The first vice-president of the RPC Pavel Rozhkov reported to TASS.
On September 20, the Governing Committee of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) decided to reinstate the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA), which was one of the criteria for the reinstatement of RPC membership in the IPC. RPC also had to compensate the IPC for € 257.5 thousand, which the international organization incurred in connection with the reinstatement process of the Russian Paralympic movement.
“The Russian Paralympic Committee compensated the International Paralympic Committee for all expenses, which was one of the requirements for reinstatement of the organization,” Rozhkov said.
Earlier, the President of the IPC, Andrew Parsons, previously noted that the issue of the status of the RPC may be considered at the beginning of the year. In mid-January, the Compliance Committee of WADA will make a final recommendation on the restoration of RUSADA, which was reinstated under the condition that the Russian side provides a database of testing doping samples of Russian athletes for 2011-2015 from the Moscow laboratory by the end of the year. As Pavel Rozhkov noted, the issue of reinstatement of the RPC will depend on this recommendation.
RPC membership was suspended in August 2016, which did not allow the Russian Paralympians to compete at the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. At the 2018 Winter Games in PyeongChang, Russians performed in neutral status.