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RPC Press-release on RPC Progress Report of implementation of the Russian Paralympic Committee reinstatement criteria for September 2017.

04 October 2017


On September 6, the IPC Governing Board has announced the decision on providing an access for the Russian Paralympic athletes of winter Paralympic sports for participation in the qualification events for the Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games. This decision has become the first constructive outcome between the RPC and IPC mutual work on meeting the Reinstatement criteria. At present moment, the RPC continues its cooperation with the IPC Taskforce on implementing the rest Reinstatement criteria (link to the IPC Press Release as of September 6).

In order to organize participation of the Russian athletes in qualification events, the IPC Governing Board has resolved to adopt – the Limited Interim Measure – condition for participation of the RPC neutral athletes and athlete support personnel.

To implement this measure, on September 15, the IPC has provided access to the IPC SDMS system where entries of athletes are made to the IPC sanctioned qualification events in para alpine skiing, para snowboard, para cross-country skiing and para biathlon. An access to the system allows the RPC to submit the required documents of athletes – participants of qualification events for the Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games.

The RPC has already entered the data of 68 Russian athletes in para alpine skiing, para snowboard, para cross-country skiing and para biathlon, which are going to participate in qualification events, who were submitted by the All-Russian Sport Federations of Paralympic sports.

       

The list of para alpine skiing and para snowboard athletes who were applied for participation in the forthcoming qualification events:


- Alexey Bugaev – Krasnoyarsk Region, 2-times champion, 2-times silver and bronze medalist of Sochi 2014 Paralympic Games, 5-times World champion of 2014/2015 season, 2-times silver medalist of World Championships of 2012/2013 season, multiple winner of National Championships.

- Alexander Alyabiev – Moscow, bronze medalist of Sochi 2014 Paralympic Games, silver medalist of World Championships of 2014/2015 season, silver medalist of European Cup of 2015, multiple winner and prize winner of National Championships.

- Alexander Vetrov – Novosibirsk Region, bronze medalist of World Championships of 2014/2015 season, multiple winner and prize winner of National Championships, participant of Sochi 2014 Paralympic Games.

- Varvara Voronchikhina – Irkutsk Region, 2-times winner and 3-times prize winner of National Championships.

- Nikolai Shuvalov - Krasnoyarsk Region, multiple winner of National Championships, participant of Sochi 2014 Paralympic Games.

- Anastasia Khorosheva – Moscow Region, participant of Sochi 2014 Paralympic Games, multiple prize winner of National Championships.

- Sergey Alexandrov – Saint-Petersburg, participant of National Championships.

- Alexey Mikushin – Kamchanka Region, participant of National Championships.


Para Alpine Skiing for persons with Visual Impairments:


- Valeriy Redkozubov (guide-athlete Evgeniy Geroev) – Krasnoyarsk Region/Moscow Region, 2-times champion and bronze medalist of Sochi 2014 Paralympic Games, 2-times silver and bronze medalist of World Cup of 2015/2016 season, 2-times silver medalist of World Championships of 2012/2013 season, multiple winner of National Championships.

- Alexandra Frantseva (guide-athlete Semen Plyaskin) – Kamchatka Region, 2-times champion, 2-times silver and bronze medalist of Sochi 2014 Paralympic Games, multiple winner and prize winner of World and National Championships.

- Ivan Frantsev (guide-athlete German Agranovskiy) - Kamchatka Region, 2-times champion of World Championships, 2-times silver and bronze medalist of World Cup of 2015/2016 season, 3-times bronze medalist of World Cup of 2015/2016 season, multiple winner and prize winner of National Championships.

- Maria Zhuikova (guide-athlete – Denis Perevozchikov) – Republic of Udmurtia, 2-times bronze medalist of 2017 National Championships, multiple prizewinner of National Championships.

- Yulia Mosova (guide-athlete – Alexander Rychkov) - Republic of Udmurtia, multiple winner and prizewinner of National Championships.


Snowboard for persons with Physical Impairments:


- Vladimir Igushkin – Sakahlin Region, winner of 2017 National Championships.

- Alexander Tsygankov - Moscow, winner of 2017 National Championships.

- Artem Bezrukaviy - Moscow, silver medalist of 2017 National Championships.

- Mikhail Slinkin – Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Region – Ugra.


In order to purchase competition and non-competition uniform for Russian athletes, coaches and specialists for participation in qualification events for the Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games, the RPC agrees with the IPC its design.

The RPC continues its active cooperation with the IPC and RUSADA regarding anti-doping testing of Russian athletes.

With the purpose to discuss this issue, the working meeting between Chairman of the RPC Governing Board, 1st Vice-President - Pavel Rozhkov and RUSADA Director General - Yury Ganus took place on September 25. (Link to the interview with Mr. Ganus).

Currently, out of 68 athletes – 29 athletes have undergone anti-doping testing twice or more within the period of 6 month before the start of the first qualification event, and 16 athletes have undergone anti-doping testing once within the period of 6 month before the start of the first qualification event.

The RPC along with Russian Olympic Committee continues its work on assisting RUSADA to regain its WADA Code-compliance status that is one of the RPC’s reinstatement criteria, set out by the IPC.

During the period between 27 and  29 September WADA carried out the audit of RUSADA (detailed information:
https://paralymp.ru/press_center/news/official/vsemirnoe_antidopingovoe_agentstvo_provelo_audit_vsekh_podrazdeleniy_rusada/, https://paralymp.ru/press_center/news/official/generalnyy_direktor_rusada_yu_a_ganus_v_intervyu_tass_rusada_obespokoeno_situatsiey_s_nedostatochnym/)

Within the frames of implementation of RPC Reinstatement Criteria, the IPC Taskforce has approved the RPC Anti-Doping Rules on October 2.

On August 19, 2017, the RPC Governing Board has approved Anti-Doping Education Program. At the same day, the RPC conducted the first pilot anti-doping seminar for athletes, coaches and specialists of Russian national teams in para canoe, para ice hockey and wheelchair curling.

Currently, the RPC conducted 24 anti-doping educational seminars for athletes, coaches and specialists of Russian national teams in para rowing, para cycling, sitting volleyball, goalball, para athletics, para nordic skiing, para alpine skiing, para snowboard, para triathlon, table tennis, para powerlifting, para swimming, shooting para sport, para taekwondo, wheelchair fencing and 5-a-side football.

According to the results of seminars 550 persons has successfully completed the course and received the certificate.

From July 2017 and to September 30, 2017 465 persons have completed training by Trigonal, RUSADA anti-doping educational online-platform.

In accordance with agreements achieved at the working meeting between RPC Coordination Committee and IPC and IPC Taskforce representatives held on August 29. 2017 in Bonn, the RPC is awaiting from the IPC and the IPC Taskforce the following steps:

- Approval of RPC Medical, Anti-Doping and Classification Commission members as well as medical personnel working with Russian national teams in summer and winter Paralympic sports;

- Approval of RPC compliance with its own Constitution;

- Review of personal data of RPC Governing Board members and other persons under RPC jurisdiction, clarification of the term “state officials”.

- approval of draft financial contracts between the RPC and the IPC regarding membership reinstatement.

The IPC Governing Board has decided to maintain the suspension of the RPC with the review of the decision in November 2017 after WADA Foundation Board meeting.

The first qualification events: para alpine skiing – 5-8 November, 2017 – WPAS competitions in Landgraaf, Netherlands,  para snowboard – 7-8 November, 2017 – Asian Cup in Dubai, UAE, para nordic skiing –7-17 December, 2017 - World Cup in Canmore, Canada.




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