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The IPC President Andrew Parsons commented to the Russian National News Agency –TASS: The Russian Paralympic Committee repaid more than half of the costs for their membership restoration at the IPC.

19 November 2018

BAKU, November 16, \ TASS correspondent\Artem Kuznetzov

The Russian Paralympic Committee (RPC) has redeemed more than half of the costs associated with the process of restoring membership in the International Paralympic Committee (IPC). This was reported to TASS by the IPC President Andrew Parsons.

 On September 20, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Executive Board decided to reinstate the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA), which was one of the criteria for the restoration of RPC membership in the international federation. RPC also had to compensate the IPC for € 257,500, the international organization (IPC) incurred these expenses in connection with the restoration of the Russian Paralympic movement.

"We have already received part of the funds. I cannot name the exact amount, but this is more than 50 percent. As soon as the payment is made, we will call an independent working group meeting. They should provide a recommendation to the Executive Committee, which can make a decision at a regular meeting or even earlier by teleconference, "said Parsons.

 "In any case, there is progress, I am optimistic about the situation," he added.

Earlier, the Head of the organization noted that the issue of the status of the RPC may be considered as early as January.

The RPC’s membership was suspended in August 2016, which prevented the Russian Paralympians from competing at the Games in Rio de Janeiro. At the 2018 Winter Games in Phenchkhan, Russians performed in neutral status.

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