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05 May 2017
On May 4, 2017 the RPC Coordination Committee in order to meet paragraph 8-9 of the Road Map for implementation of the RPC Reinstatement criteria (hereinafter- Road Map) sent to the IPC and the IPC Taskforce the Progress Report of Road Map implementation for April, 2017.

Starting from January 11, 2017 until now the RPC Coordination Committee sent to the IPC and the IPC Taskforce packages with information, documents and requests regarding fulfillment of 59 Paragraphs of the Road map out of 67.

In April 2017 the Russian Paralympic Committee received from the IPC Taskforce:  
  • approval of the RPC Coordination Committee members; the members are: Mr. Andrey Strokin – chairman of the RPC Coordination Committee, RPC Secretary General, 5-times Paralympic champion, Mrs. Guzel Idrisova – Deputy chairperson of RPC Medical, Anti-doping and Classification Commission, senior specialist of the RPC; Mrs. Olga Semenova – Member of the RPC Governing Board, Head of RPC Sport-Methodological Department, 3-times Paralympic champion; Mrs. Liudmila Mareeva – Deputy Chief of Staff of the RPC on Financial Matters; Mr. Alexey Karpenko – lawyer;
  •  approval of athlete anti-doping declarations, athlete support personnel anti-doping declarations and statements of non-infringement of the anti-doping rules, developed by the RPC;
  •  approval of memo regarding process for humanitarian/business visa for entrance to the territory of the Russian Federation for international doping control officers/blood collection officers, developed by the RPC and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation;
  •  personal data provision template and the list of individuals who need to provide personal data to the IPC Taskforce;
  •  information on contact persons from the IPC for further interaction with the RPC, on issues related to provision of assistance during the visas obtainment process as well as provision of necessary assistance in access of the “closed cities” for doping officers.
In April of 2017, the Russian Paralympic Committee, received from the independent international experts Ms.Ieva Lukosiute-Stankuniene and Mr. Peter-Richard Nicholson- appointed by the WADA, who are presently working in Russia in order to provide an assistance to the RUSADA to be WADA Code compliant (hereinafter WADA experts)- approval of the  following documents:
  • mode of the on-line operation of “hot line» developed by the RPC;
  • anti-doping declaration forms of athletes and athletes support personnel, statements of non-infringement of anti-doping rules, that were developed by the RPC;
  •  the RPC Anti-Doping Rules ;
Currently in the course of implementation of the Road Map paragraphs, the Russian Paralympic Committee is actively working on:
  • reinstatement of the RUSADA’s compliance to the WADA Anti-Doping Code, in close cooperation with the Russian Olympic Committee;
  •  collection of signed anti-doping declarations, statement of non-infringement of anti-doping rules, agreements and personal data from athletes and athletes support personnel, included in the List of the Russian National Teams, staff of the RPC, RPC Governing Board members, members of the RPC committees, councils, commissions and working groups;
  •  finalization and coordination of the RPC educational anti-doping program with  RUSADA and WADA experts;
  •  inclusion of the  Russian Paralympic athletes into international and national registered testing pools;
  •  approval by the IPC Taskforce of the RPC Anti-Doping Rules, Draft of the Agreement on information exchange regarding personal data between the RPC and the IPC ,launching of the RPC “hot line”, etc.
Upon the RPC’s initiative on May 8-9, 2017 a meeting between the RPC Coordination Committee and the IPC Taskforce will take place in Bonn (Germany) in order to discuss the progress of meeting paragraphs of the Road map for implementation of the RPC reinstatement criteria in the IPC and for detailing the list of Russian athletes for anti-doping testing and for discussing mechanisms of reimbursement of the financial obligations. These issues and the IPC TF progress report will be considered and discussed on the forthcoming IPC Governing Board meeting in May 2017.

Qualification competitions for 2018 Paralympic Games finished in April 2017, and the Russian athletes were banned from participation in these compettions. In accordance with the IPC press release as of January 31 2017, participation of Russian athletes would be possible after the RPC is reinstated in the IPC – by means of sending applications for the bipartite invitations, which will be distributed by the IPC on January 8-25, 2018.

There is also an opportunity to participate in PG-2018 using the slots that are not accepted by national Paralympic Committees  from other countries. Distribution of such slots will be up to July 31, 2017.

The RPC has contacted 17 International Sport Federations, responsible for developing 19 Paralympic Sports out of 28, and from 17 IFs an official consent was received in relation to Russian athletes’ eligibility to participate in international competitions, including World and European Championships. The rest of 9 Paralympic Sports are governed by the IPC.

Since the beginning of 2017, Russian National Teams’ athletes have been participating in 3 World Championships (wheelchair tennis, track cycling, and wheelchair curling) and 1 European Championships (wheelchair tennis). Up to the end of 2017 the Russian Paralympic athletes will take part in 9 World Championships (Para rowing, badminton, road cycling, Paracanoe, table tennis, archery, Para triathlon, Para-Taekwondo, wheelchair fencing) and 11 European Championships of Paralympic Sports (boccia, sitting volleyball, goalball, Paracanoe, judo, equestrian, table tennis, wheelchair rugby, triathlon, Para-Taekwondo, Football 5-a-side).

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