On December 17, 2020, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has published its decision on the arbitration procedure between the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the Russian Anti-Doping Agency RUSADA (RUSADA). The Russian Paralympic Committee (RPC) acted as an Intervening party (third party) in this arbitration.
The RPC is pleased to confirm that:
· All Russian para-athletes will be allowed to compete in the next XVI Paralympic Summer Games 2020 in Tokyo (Japan), postponed to 2021, in the XIII Paralympic Winter Games 2022 in Beijing (China) and to all other sporting events.
· The CAS refused to ban the RPC’s officials and members from sporting events.
The CAS decision allows the RPC to continue its active preparation of athletes of the Russian National sports teams on Paralympic sports for participation in the XVI Paralympic Summer Games 2020 in Tokyo (Japan), postponed to 2021, and for participation in the XIII Paralympic Winter Games 2022 in Beijing (China).
The RPC regrets that the CAS has decided that Russian para-athletes should compete in a neutral capacity in the Paralympic Games and World Championships, albeit one which is less restrictive than that proposed by WADA. CAS decision creates significant hurdles in organizing of the participation of our athletes in the indicated competitions.
Currently the RPC is carefully reviewing the CAS award with its legal team in order to assess whether to appeal against this decision.