On June 2, 2017 RPC Coordination Committee on cooperation with the IPC Taskforce on the matters regarding RPC’s reinstatement memberships in the IPC (hereinafter as – RPC Coordination Committee) in order to meet paragraphs 8-9 of the Road map for implementation of RPC reinstatement criteria in IPC memberships (hereinafter as – Road Map), has sent to the IPC and the IPC Taskforce a progress report on how the RPC is meeting the paragraphs of Road Map for the period of May, 2017. Below are indicated the main measures of this Progress Report.
Starting from January 11, 2017 up to present time RPC Coordination Committee has sent to the IPC Taskforce and the IPC informational materials, documents and inquires on implementation of 62 out of 67 paragraphs of Road Map. Implementation of the majority of paragraphs were approved at the RPC Coordination Committee and the IPC Taskforce meeting in May 8-9, 2017 in Bonn (Germany).
In May, 2017 the Russian Paralympic Committee sent to the IPC Taskforce and the IPC the following informational material and documents in order to meet the paragraphs of Road Map:
- RPC Educational Anti-Doping Program and an Order of Conducting Seminars, Testing and Certificate Issuing in terms of the RPC Educational Program;
- National Anti-Doping Plan, which was considered at the Presidential Council for the Development of Physical Culture and Sport as of May 23, 2017;
- updated information on the progress of applying the measures in terms of the RUSADA’s reinstatement to WADA’s Code-compliance status on the amendments made in the RUSADA Charter related to re-election of a chair and a vice-chair of the RUSADA Supervisory Council;
- updated National List of Russian athletes (972 persons), which the RPC would wish to put forward for participation in the IPC-sanctioned competitions, were the RPC to be reinstated with indication of the priority order and information on the inclusion of athletes in the registered testing pools;
- updated information on implementation of paragraph 14.2 of Road Map related to endorsement of the of anti-doping declarations, coming into employment agreements of CSP with athletes, coaches and athlete support personnel;
- updated information on implementation of paragraph 14.3 of Road Map regarding awareness of coaches, athletes, athlete support, personnel and other persons coming under the RPC's jurisdiction of prohibited association;
- information on implementation of the paragraph 16.3. of Road map related to launching the RUSADA e-learning educational anti-doping platform for studying athletes and athlete support personnel, which was approved by Council of Europe;
- chart of the RPC’s mechanism on publishing all the facts towards imposition of sanctions on persons, who have committed anti-doping rules violation;
- chart of the RPC’s mechanism on public reporting of all the decisions towards imposition of sanctions on persons, violating anti-doping rules.
In May 2017, the RPC received an approval of the RPC Educational Anti-Doping Program by the RUSADA and WADA-appointed international experts and who are currently working in Russia in order to assist in reinstating the RUSADA Code-compliance status with WADA’s Code – Ms. Eva Lukoshute-Stanikuniene and Mr. Peter-Richard Nicholson.
At present time, during the implementation of Road Map, the RPC continues its work on:
- reinstating the RUSADA’s Code-compliance status with the World Anti-Doping Code in conjunction with the Russian Olympic Committee;
- signing and collecting anti-doping declarations, applications of non-infringement of anti-doping rules, agreements and athletes’, athlete support personnel’s personal data, who are included into the lists of National Teams of Russia, RPC Staff, RPC Governing Board, committees, commissions, councils and taskforces members;
- inclusion into the international and national Registered Testing Pools.
Presently, the RPC is awaiting the approval of the Agreement on informational cooperation in the field of personal data between the RPC and the IPC. Upon signing of the above-mentioned agreement, the RPC will be able to provide the IPC Taskforce with the information regarding personal data in terms of meeting a number of the paragraphs of Road Map.
The IPC Anti-Doping Committee meeting will be held in June of 2017, where the following documents, submitted by the Russian Paralympic Committee to the IPC Taskforce and IPC are going to be considered:
- RPC Educational Anti-Doping Program;
- RPC Anti-Doping Rules;
- RPC “hotline”;
- Information related to compliance of the RPC to the World Anti-Doping Program.
Once the RPC Educational Anti-Doping program is agreed between the IPC Anti-Doping Committee and the IPC Taskforce (i.e. in June of 2017), the RPC is convenient to start its implementation.
At the IPC’s press conference on May 22, 2017, the IPC president – Sir Philip Craven highlighted “the RPC’s constant progress made in the way of implementation the RPC’s reinstatement criteria”.
“All the IPC Governing Board members, consisting of 15 persons, including 6 Paralympians, on the whole, were satisfied and inspired of the RPC’s cooperation and steps forward, made in different fields of activities on its way to be reinstated”- said Craven.
Chair of the IPC Independent Taskforce – Andy Parkinson noticed, “the RPC have made its work with a great enthusiasm, commitment and a real desire to meet the requirements, tasked by the IPC Taskforce. Since the publishing of the last Progress Report in February, the RPC in conjunction with the IPC Taskforce developed the Road map for implementation of RPC reinstatement criteria, commenced to enhance the general administration and independence, have made all steps for close cooperation with the RUSADA on educational programs and applied the practical and realistic approach to internal and international testing pools…the IPC Taskforce wishes to express its appreciation of a hard work ensured by the RPC”.
In the course of press conference its participants stated that although “the IPC Taskforce is satisfied by the progress made by the RPC», there are some crucial criteria, which are to be implemented. Among them, there are criteria, which are standing outside the RPC’s competence, such as admittance and existence of so-called state-sponsored doping system; an official response in respect to the findings made by Prof. McLaren, including outcomes of existence or absence of an institutional or a widespread cover-up doping system; access to the athletes, residing in “closed cities” and etc.
In the course of press conference, the IPC Taskforce addressed to Russian organizations with a request to assist the RPC in meeting the above-noted requirements.
Russian athlete are continue to prepare and training for 2018 Paralympic games in Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea.
Russian national wheelchair curling team participated at qualification event for 2018 Paralympics and won a slot for 2018 Paralympic games in Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea. Official confirmation of using the slot was sent to World Curling Federation on May 15, 2017. The final decision about access of participation of Russian national wheelchair curling team will be made by the International Paralympic Committee.
Currently there is still possibility for Russian national para ice hockey team to participate at international qualification tournament for 2018 Paralympics in October-November 2017.
Participation of Russian athletes in para alpine skiing, para snowboarding, para ice hockey, para Nordic skiing and para biathlon at 2018 Paralympic Games is possible, according to IPC press-releases of January 31, 2017 and May 22, 2017, in case of reinstatement of RPC membership in the IPC – using bipartite invitations, that will be allocated on 8 - 25 January 2018.
Also there are possibility to take part at 2018 Paralympics by the slots that was unused by other national Paralympic committees. Distribution of these slots will be finished on July 31, 2017.
The Russian Paralympic Committee, in accordance with approval of 17 international sport federations which govern 19 Paralympic sports, is continue to prepare training and participation of Russian athletes at international competitions including World and European championships in this sports.
In 2017 athletes of Russian national teams participated at 4 world championships (wheelchair tennis, para-cycling (track), wheelchair curling and table tennis) and European qualification tournament (wheelchair tennis) in Paralympic sports. Also Russian athletes are planning to participate in 8 world championships (rowing, badminton, para-cycling (road), canoe, archery, triathlon, taekwondo, wheelchair fencing) and 11 European Championships (boccia, sitting volleyball, goalball, canoe, judo, equestrian, table tennis, wheelchair rugby, triathlon, taekwondo and 5-a-side football) in Paralympic sports.
Russian Paralympic Committee continues to implement paragraphs of RPC Reinstatement criteria for consideration at the next IPC Governing Board meeting in September 2017, where the issue about access for Russian athletes to 2018 Paralympic Games in Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea will be arise.