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Russian Para athletes are to be tested more than 300 times before Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games

27 October 2021

Paralympians undergo anti-doping testing at least twice before every international competition within six months

Athletes from a Long list of the Russian delegation at the Winter Paralympic Games must provide more than 300 doping samples.

The Beijing Paralympics will be held from March 4 to 13, 2022.

"In accordance with the requirements of the Revised International Paralympic Committee (IPC) post-reinstatement criteria, our Paralympians undergo anti-doping testing at least twice within six months before each international competition” - Rozhkov said. - More than 300 doping samples must be provided by athletes from the Long list of the Russian delegation. To compare: in preparation for the Summer Paralympic Games of 2020 in Tokyo, the RPC, in close cooperation with RUSADA [Russian Anti-Doping Agency], the IPC and international federations, also organized the minimum anti-doping testing requirement for all athletes from an Long list of the Paralympic delegation to the Tokyo Games, in total, Russian Paralympic athletes in less than six months have given over 1,000 samples, which allowed them to participate in the Games."

Athletes are currently preparing for the Games, competing at qualifying competitions, each of which is also subject to the IPC requirement for mandatory anti-doping testing, Rozhkov said. "We make sure athletes are available for testing and monitor athletes' anti-doping tests. In the run-up to the Beijing Games, each team will hold educational seminars on the anti-doping rules that will apply at the Paralympics," he stressed.

"During the Tokyo Games, 61 anti-doping tests were conducted on Russian athletes, and all the results were negative, which confirms the commitment to clean sport of all athletes of the Russian Paralympic delegation," he added.

The RPC improves anti-doping literacy of athletes

The acting head of the RPC added that the anti-doping provision of athletes of the Russian national Paralympic sports team is carried out by the committee in accordance with the educational anti-doping program of the RPC, approved by the IPC, independent international experts of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and RUSADA.

"At the beginning of 2021, in order to implement the provisions of the new 2021 World Anti-Doping Code in our activities, we developed updated RPC 2021 Anti-doping rules and an updated educational anti-doping program for 2021-2024. Its goal is to increase the level of awareness of athletes and sport personnel of Russian national team on anti-doping issues, as well as prevention of intentional and unintentional violation of anti-doping rules," Rozhkov said.

"As part of the program, we conduct educational anti-doping seminars for athletes, advise them and the staff on all anti-doping issues. I should also note that all the athletes and personnel that make up the Russian Paralympic team, which is more than 2,000 people, have undergone WADA and RUSADA online seminars on anti-doping education," he added.

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