On January, 30th 2017 Russian Paralympic Committee (the RPC) has received the response from the International Paralympic Committee (the IPC) signed by the IPC President Sir Philip Craven on the proposal of the RPC to allow Russian para athletes to compete in the international qualification events toward the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games under specific guarantees from our side.
In his response, Sir Philip Craven informs that RPC proposals were presented for the IPC Governing Board members. The IPC Governing Board considered and discussed the proposals on 29 January 2017 in Bonn, Germany during its meeting. After deliberations the IPC Governing Board decided to decline proposals of the RPC.
From our side, the RPC would like to declare the following:
· The RPC retains the right to stand upon rights of Russian para athletes according to the established procedures of Russian and International legislation.
· The RPC will keep preparation of Russian athletes toward Paralympic Winter Games in Korea.
· The RPC confirms that its main goal is development of the Paralympic Movement in Russia, involvement of the greatest possible number of people with disabilities of different regions of Russia to physical culture and sports;
· The RPC will continue active work to ensuring the clean Paralympic sport, compliance of fair-play principles in sport and forming in Russian society zero-tolerance to doping in sport.
· Fundamental position of the RPC – no doping in sport, certain individuals guilty of anti-doping rules violation must suffer a severe penalty, there has never been and there is no state-sponsored doping scheme in Russia.
· The RPC will continue to strictly implement its obligations and work closely with international organizations on anti-doping matters.