The group of the Duma Members consisted of:
- Vyacheslav Fetisov – first deputy Chairman of the Committee on the matters of physical culture, sport, tourism and youth activities of the State Duma, two times Ice Hockey Olympic Champion,
- Oleg Smolin – RPC’s vice-president, first deputy Chairman of the Committee on Education of the State Duma,
- Valeriy Gazzaev - deputy Chairman of the Committee on the matters of physical culture, sport, tourism and youth activities of the State Duma, bronze medalist of Olympic Games in Football, former Head coach of Russian National Football Team,
This meeting was also attended by Mikhail Dyagterev – Chairman of the Committee on the matters of physical culture, sport, tourism and youth activities of the State Duma.
RPC’s Administration members thanked the attendees for the initiative and assistance of RPC’s work on solving the raised issues. The participants of the meeting discussed the results of the business trip to Bonn and agreed upon the further cooperation and consultations. The meeting was held in a constructive and positive manner. Mr. Vladimir Lukin and Mr. Pavel Rozhkov underlined the mutual interest in the earliest RPC’s reinstatement in IPC memberships.
RPC’s Administration members informed Duma Members that during the Confidential meeting held on December 20, 2016 in Bonn between Russian specialists, headed by Mr. Pavel Rozhkov and group of specialists from IPC, headed by the IPC CEO Xavier Gonzales, RPC consequently forwarded to IPC: the following documents
- draft of Roadmap of Implementation of IPC Reinstatement Criteria by the Russian Paralympic Committee,
- Order on creation of the RPC Coordination Committee for interaction with the IPC Taskforce,
- RPC Governing Board Structure and RPC Administration,
- Priority Lists of Athletes,
- RPC Constitution on English language.
Up to present day, RPC hasn’t yet received from IPC any of the following mentioned documents and approved during the Confidential Meeting in December:
- template of personal data forms,
- draft of agreement allowing trans-border transfer of personal data,
- information regrading entering Russian athlete to IPC testing Pool,
- IPC’s approval on draft of joint IPC-RPC letter to international federations with appeal to enter Russian athletes into their testing pools
RPC is awaiting to receive these documents.
On February 28, 2017 RPC forwarded to IPC and the IPC Taskforce for consideration and approval the informational content of the “hotline” operational mode of RPC aimed at fight against doping, on March 1, 2017 RPC Anti-Doping Rules were forwarded, Anti-Doping Declarations and Statement of Non-infringement of Anti-Doping Rules. According to these provisions, RPC is looking forward for IPC and the IPC Taskforce approval.
The Duma Members informed the Members of the RPC Governing Board that during their conversation in Bonn that it was touched upon 45 samples, which according to Mr. McLaren’s statement, were engaged into “Disappearing Positive Samples Methodology” for the period since 2011-2015 in 28 Paralympic sports.
In relation to this statement, RPC Governing Board members reminded that during Hearings held on August 3, 2016 in IPC, an information regarding 35 athletes out of which 15 samples belongs to Deaflympics and non-Paralympic sports was provided. 20 samples belong to athletes of Paralympic Sports out of which 15 samples were investigated and all the applied sanctions were issued as required for such cases.
None of any concrete and reliable information was provided in respect to the rest 5 samples.
On August 7, 2016 along with IPC Governing Board’s decision regarding member suspension proceedings for the RPC an additional information regarding 10 samples of the new athletes was provided, 2 out of these samples belong to deaf sport athletes. 8 samples belong to Paralympic athletes, 2 samples were investigated and all the applied sanctions were issued as required for such cases.
None of any concrete and reliable information was provided in respect to the rest 6 samples.
Thus, out of 28 samples belonging to Paralympic athletes, 17 of these athletes have already been sanctioned, while 11 samples were not confirmed. According to the information provided to RPC upon its request from RUSADA, none of 11 samples were containing prohibited substances and none of any notices of Anti-Doping Rules Violations were sent to these 11 Paralympic athletes.
Therefore, the Duma Members were informed that IPC had been investigating 21 samples from 7 Russian athletes who were participants of Sochi Paralympic Games based on the information provided by Mr. McLaren. These samples were transferred from the sample storage in Lausanne and forwarded to the WADA-accredited laboratory in London for the expertise. Out of 23 samples – 3 samples were unable to investigate, thus, 18 samples were investigated.
According to forensic examination of 18 samples, all were marked with pricks, scratches and other marks, which according to Mr.McLaren’s opinion proves the manipulation with sample collection in order to avoid the detection of any prohibited substances. None of any notices of Anti-Doping Rules Violations were sent to these 7 Paralympic athletes.
On their part, the RPC sent inquiries to the WADA, the IPC and to Professor Maclaren, asking for the names of athletes implicated in the second part of the Independent Person’s Report and all relevant information regarding possible involvement of these individuals in the samples manipulation scheme described in the Report.
During the meeting it was indicated that, despite all letters from the RPC and meeting between RPC representatives with the IPC officials, the issue of Russian athletes participation in qualifications events toward forthcoming Paralympic Games 2018 in Korea was resolved.
As it was indicated in the IPC press release of January 29, 2017 there is still a possibility for Russian athletes to take part in Winter Paralympic Games 2018 in case of the RPC membership reinstatement in the IPC. In that case, the RPC should sent out applications for bilateral invitations for IPC considerations during February 8-25, 2018.
On February 1, 2018 the IPC is to determine the athletes who would receive bipartite invitation slots. Also Russian athletes has possibility to use slots unused by other NPCs. The distribution of such slots will be before July 31, 2017.
Only Russian Wheelchair Curling Team participates in 2018 Paralympic Games Qualification. The Russian team took silver medals at 2018 WCF Wheelchair Curling World Championships in PyeongChang.
The Russian Para Ice Hockey Team appeared in very difficult situation. 2017 World Para Ice Hockey Championships starts on April 11 and finished April 20. The entry deadline was on March 14, but due to suspension of the its membership, the Russian NPC was not able to submit entries.
According to the IPC’s opinion in order to reinstate RPC’s membership Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) must be compliant with WADA. At this moment, the only Russian Olympic Committee and Russian Paralympic Committee are the founders of RUSADA. RPC Secretary General, 5-times Paralympic champion Andrey Strokin appointed to the RUSADA as Supervisory Council.
The IPC and the IPC Taskforce are encouraged by the work doing by the RPC by realization of “roadmap” activities. For instance, the IPC Taskforce Chairperson Andy Parkinson in the first Progress Report outlined “positive working relationship and dialogue has been established between the IPC Taskforce and the RPC. The IPC Taskforce and the RPC are presently working to develop a detailed roadmap for the RPC's reinstatement to membership of the IPC, based on the reinstatement criteria.” According to the IPC President Sir Philip Craven: “The IPC Governing Board is also inspired by the cooperation between the IPC Taskforce and the Russian Paralympic Committee. We sincerely hope for continuation of this cooperation”.
In accordance with the results of the meeting between the RPC and Russian State Duma Members the following outcomes were agreed:
To cooperate regarding the receipt of IPC responses on RPC’s questions.
To earliest receipt of the information, regarding anti-doping rules violations by the athletes mentioned in McLaren’s Report.
It also noted that the request to the Investigation Committee of the Russian Federation on doping investigations has been send by the State Duma on February 16, 2017.