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The RPC held a Governing Board Meeting.

08 February 2017
The RPC Governing Board Meeting took place in the head-quarters of the Russian Paralympic Committee in Moscow chaired by the RPC President Vladimir Lukin.

Before the commence of the meeting Vladimir Lukin presented the honorable sign of the RPC “For Merit to the Development of Paralympic Movement in Russia” and due to the 80th anniversary to Mikhail Shlaen, sport journalist, member of International Sport Press Association (AIPS).

Regarding to the first item of the agenda, “About IPC Membership Suspension of the RPC”, the Chairman of the Governing Board, first Vice-President of the RPC, Pavel Rozhkov delivered the following:

On November 21, 2016, the RPC received the Reinstatement Criteria, that was send out to all GB members, head coaches and regional representatives for formulation of joint stance on the criteria implementation. Taking into account that end of qualification competitions toward 2018 Paralympic Games in PyeongChang is rather close, on December 20, during the meeting between the RPC and the IPC, we offered to prepare the draft version of Road Map, which intends to detailed the items of the criteria.

On January 12, 2017, the draft version of the Road Map was send to the IPC Taskforce. Also we send them the composition of RPC Coordination Committee, RPC Bylaws in English, organizational structure of RPC, Priority list of athletes who plans to participate in international competitions.

On January 29 during the IPC Governing Board Meeting IPC President Sir Philip Craven has mentioned the meaningful work done by the RPC: “The IPC Governing Board was encouraged by the co-operation witnessed so far between the IPC Taskforce and the Russian Paralympic Committee and we sincerely hope this continues in the future. The next steps are for the IPC Taskforce and the RPC to finalise and agree on a roadmap for how the Reinstatement Criteria will be met and for the IPC Taskforce to provide feedback on the composition of the RPC’s Co-ordination Commission”

On February 7, the RPC received the letter from IPC Taskforce Chairman Andy Parkinson with notes: “The IPC Taskforce is presently considering the draft road map and is also formulating its own view on what actions need to be undertaken in the reinstatement process. It is our expectation that we will be able to formally communicate our position on this in the not too distant future”.

Nevertheless, before the approval of the Road Map, the RPC will shortly send to the IPC information about realization of some items of the reinstatement criteria, in particular, project of RPC “hotline” for sharing the information about possible breaches of Anti-Doping rules (in Russian and English), information about the RPC and RUSADA anti-doping seminars for athletes, coaches, specialists. Also the RPC will provide the IPC with information regarding personal data collection, project of anti-doping educational program.

President of the Russian Paralympic Committee said:

“We will do our best in accordance with Russian and International legislation in order to resolve the issue of reinstatement of Russian NPC membership in the IPC, and participation of Russian athletes in summer and winter international competitions as well as Paralympic Games. There has never been and there is no any state-sponsored doping system in Russia. I also would like to note than now our athletes in 17 sports, due to decisions of International Federations, can participate in international competitions, including World and European championships.

During the discussion, the members of the RPC Governing Board approved the work carried out by the RPC with the IPC in order to reinstate the RPC in the IPC. In addition, the RPC Coordination Committee was tasked to speed up the process of negotiations with the IPC Taskforce in the regard of approval and implementation of the road map.

The information from the IPC that there is possibility of participation of Russian athletes in the Paralympics 2018 in Pyeongchang or alternatively apply to the IPC for either bipartite or returned slots from NPCs in order for eligible athletes to compete at the Games was discussed as well.

The RPC Governing Board authorized  the All-Russian sports federations for people with impairments to ensure strict implementation of the Target complex program for preparing Russian athletes for the Games in 2018, as well as to intensify efforts to inform the athletes, coaches and staff of the teams of Russia on process of reinstatement of the RPC in the IPC. The administration of the RPC is to publish weekly information  on the work done to reinstate the RPC in the IPC.

The RPC Governing Board  supported the RPC Athletes Council  proposals that were done during the meeting  on  February 6, 2017 under the leadership of 13-times champion of the Paralympic Games, the vice-president of the RPC , deputy of the State Duma of the Russian Federation Rima Batalova , to expand the Council with  athletes that represent major Paralympic sports and instructed the Council to submit proposals for changes and amendments to the composition of the Council not later then March 6 this year for the approval of the president of the RPC.

As for the other items on the agenda The Board adopted the RPC admitted membership of the Russian Taekwondo Union, approved the editorial board and Pavel Rozhkov as the chief editor of the magazine "Paralympic sport».


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