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Twenty nine Russian Para athletes need to be classified before Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games

27 October 2021

29 para athlete included into Long list of Russian Paralympic team for Beijing need to undergo classification before participation at the Games.

The Games will take place in Beijing, China from 4 to 13 March 2022.

In order to participate in Para Sport all athletes with different kinds of impairment have to be classified. Classification granted the athlete the opportunity to compete in equal conditions with other athletes. During the last decade the International Paralympic Committee sufficiently improve the requirements for classification that was reflected in the new Classification Code.

International federations have to develop its own classification rules where the eligibility criteria should be clearly described. An athlete with the impairment may be eligible for one para sport and ineligible for another para sport.

Due to the classification changes in swimming, athletics and other summer sports, the RPC had to organize review of some athletes classification status prior Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. Upon the results of these reviews some athletes’ classification status have been changed, so they were not able to qualify to Tokyo.

Only those athletes who meet the requirements of the sport-specific classification in their sports and have a sports class and status in the sport can be allowed to participate in Paralympic competitions. "All of these are serious issues that the RPC takes into account in preparing for the Beijing Paralympic Games. Currently, 29 athletes from the Long list are required to undergo classification to participate in the Games. The RPC helps to prepare medical documents and organizes the participation of these Russian athletes in qualifying competitions where international classification is conducted," Rozhkov said.

At the national level to raise awareness of the sports community about the classification, as well as to provide practical assistance to organizers of competitions in Paralympic sports, coaches, doctors, specialists working in the field of adaptive sport, heads of institutions of adaptive sport, athletes with disabilities and other stakeholders, the RPC published the book "Classification in Paralympic Sport" in 2021.

"The book presents the IPC Classification code and all existing international standards for classification, as well as outlines the procedure for determining the athletes' sports class and description of sports classes in adaptive sports included in the Paralympic Games (summer and winter). In addition, the Russian Paralympic Committee holds workshops for specialists in adaptive sport in different regions of the Russian Federation, which also gives a powerful impetus to the development of the Paralympic movement in the regions," Rozhkov said.

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