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RPC Press-Release: International Paralympic Committee lifted the suspension of the Russian Paralympic Committee

08 February 2019

International Paralympic Committee lifted the suspension of the Russian Paralympic Committee


Andrew Parsons, President of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) announced on Friday (8 February) that IPC will conditionally lift the suspension of the Russian Paralympic Committee (RPC) by 15 March 2019

The Russian Paralympic Committee welcomes the decision of the IPC. Although it seems to us to be late, it will nevertheless allow us to solve the main problems of the full preparation and participation of Russian national teams in the Paralympic Summer Games 2020 in Tokyo, Japan. As they say, better late than never. The post reinstatement criteria contained in the IPC statement seem to us generally acceptable.

Russian athletes in 18 sports (archery, badminton, boccia, canoeing, cycling, equestrian, 5-a-side football, goalball, judo, rowing, table tennis, taekwondo, triathlon, sitting volleyball, wheelchair basketball, wheelchairs fencing, wheelchairs rugby, wheelchairs tennis) - that are not under IPC governance - participate in all competitions in this Paralympic cycle, including the World and European Championships and other qualifying international competitions for the 2020 Paralympics with full rights - under the Russian flag, with the Russian anthem and equipment, in accordance with the received official consents from international federations.

In accordance with the IPC Qualification Guidelines for the 2020 Paralympics, the women's national sitting volleyball and goalball teams have met the requirements for obtaining slots for the Games, after winning at 2018 World Championships. The World Para Volley will notify the NPCs on the distribution of slots on March 24, 2020, as IBSA will do it on February 25, 2020.

The IPC decision especially important for Russian athletes in four sports governed by the IPC (athletics, swimming, shooting, powerlifting), who now will have to be classified and compete to get qualification slots for 2020 Games. 

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