The RPC continues to work actively to reinstate its membership in the International Paralympic Committee (IPC). A lot was done in order to implement requirements and conditions outlined in the Roadmap has been done.
On July 3 2017, the RPC Coordination Committee for interaction with the IPC Taskforce on issues related to the RPC reinstatement in the IPC (hereafter the RPC Coordination Committee) in frame of implementation of the paragraphs 8-9 of the Road Map forwarded the Report the Report on the progress of implementation of the Road Map for June 2017.
Main sections of July report:
One of the most important paragraphs of Road Map for Implementation of RPC Reinstatement Criteria is reinstatement of RUSADA’s compliance to the World Anti-doping Code. Russian Paralympic Committee as founder of RUSADA along with Russian Olympic Committee is doing its all possible efforts and taking all measures for positive outcome of this matter.
On June 27 the meeting of RUSADA Supervisory Board took place with participation of Secretary General, Head of RPC Coordination Committee, member of RUSADA Supervisory Committee Andrey Strokin. The new Chairperson of Supervisory Board was elected – Alexander Ivlev and Deputy Chairman – Vladimir Chekhonin. Also at that meeting the strategy of reinstatement of RUSADA’s compliance to the WADA Code was discussed.
At the same day WADA informed RUSADA that compliance review committee approved implementation of conditions set by WADA Foundation Board on May 18, 2017. From this moment RUSADA can start planning and coordination of testing under the supervision of international experts and the UK Anti-doping Agency (UKAD).
Currently RUSADA continues their work to fully reinstate its compliance to WADA Code as well as prepares for audit tentatively scheduled for September 2017.
In accordance with the requirements of the Convention for the Protection of Individuals with regard to Automatic Processing of Personal Data , the Russian Paralympic Committee and the International Paralympic Committee in June 2017 signed an Agreement on informational cooperation in the field of personal data
One more step in this direction was the working meeting held on June 29, 2017 in Bonn (Germany) with participation of Guzel Idrisova- Member of the RPC Coordination Committee, Deputy Head of the Commission of the RPC for Medicine, Anti-Doping and Classification and Peter Van de Vliet- IPC’s medical and scientific director. They discussed the list of members of the National List of Russian Athletes, which the RPC proposes to consider as candidates for participation in international competitions sanctioned by the IPC, after the RPC is reinstated in the IPC.
Following the results of the joint work of the RPC, IPC, RUSADA, UKAD and WADA, in order to fulfill the Roadmap paragraphs and, as well as in order Russian athletes to participate in international competitions sanctioned by the IPC, after the RPC reinstatement, additional 52 Russian athletes were included in IPC Registered Testing Pool (RTP) in June 2017. 23 Russian athletes in the Paralympic winter sports disciplines were included in RUSADA RTP, taking into account the priority in preparation for the XII Paralympic Winter Games in 2018 in Pyeongchang (Republic of Korea). Currently, 210 Russian Paralympic athletes are included into RUSADA, IPC and IFs RTP.
In June 2017 a meeting of the IPC Anti-Doping Committee took place, where the RPC anti-doping program, the RPC “hotline”, the information material on compliance with the World Anti-Doping Program were considered. The IPC Anti-Doping Committee gave their comments about the RPC documents to the IPC Taskforce.
In June 2017 the Russian Paralympic Committee sent to the IPC Taskforce the following informative materials in order to implement the Road map criteria:
- Updated list of Russian athletes (947 persons) whom the RPC proposes to consider for participation in international competitions sanctioned by the IPC, after the RPC reinstatement (specifying the priority order and information about athletes inclusion into Registered Testing Pools;
- The list of athletes (243 persons) who signed anti-doping declarations – priority 1, 2, 3 (winter and summer Paralympic sports) out of the list of Russian athletes whom the RPC proposes to consider for participation in international competitions sanctioned by the IPC, after the RPC reinstatement;
- Lists of RPC Governing Board members (32 persons), RPC committees, commissions, councils, working groups (215 persons) and RPC Administration personnel (49 persons) who all signed anti-doping declarations;
- Lists of athlete support personnel in winter Paralympic sports (103 persons) who all signed anti-doping declarations;
- Regulations of Interregional and national official sport competitions for persons with physical impairment for 2017, approved by the Ministry of Sport of the Russian Federation and Russian federation of Sports for Persons with Physical Impairment;
- The Draft of Regulation on Ethics, Conflict of Interest and Anti-Corruption of the All-Russian Public Organization "The Paralympic Committee of Russia";
- updated flowchart to the IPC and IPC TF on the mechanism for publicizing all the facts of imposing sanctions on Persons who violated the anti-doping rules;
- updated chart on the RPC submission of reports to the IPC regarding all decisions in relations to persons guilty of anti- doping rules violations as well as detailed information regarding this paragraph of the Road map.
The IPC Vice President Andrew Parsons (Brazil) on June 22, 2017 at his interview for BBC said that the IPC is interested in Russian athletes to compete at the Winter Paralympic Games 2018 in Pyeongchang “The situation with the Russian Paralympic Committee is really clear. We have the Working Group working with the Russian Paralympic Committee. We have published and they well informed about steps they have to take in order to be reinstated as full the member in order to be able to compete in January and for that matter in any other Paralympic events. At our last Board meeting, we took a decision not to lift the suspensions, because of the reports form the Working Group that they are not ready yet, we hope that at the meeting we are going to have in September, we would be able to lift the suspensions, but this is really a responsibility of the Russian Paralympic Committee and the Russian Federation to follow some of the steps that still really have to take in order to have their suspension lifted. We want the Russian athletes back, of course we want them to compete at Pyeongchang and at any other IPC sanctioned event, but now the ball is at their side of the court….”.
Currently in order to meet the Road map for implementation of the Russian Paralympic Committee reinstatement criteria, the RPC is expecting from the IPC and the IPC TF:
- Information on the responsible person appointed by the IPC and responsible for confidentiality and security at all stages of the cross-border transfer and use of personal data received / transmitted;;
- Document on the appointment of the person in charge authorized by the IPC CEO;
- the exact address of the place where the personal data are received and IPC working hours;
- contact information of the responsible person,
With the purpose of fulfilling the conditions of the Agreement on informational cooperation in the field of personal data and the cross-border transfer of personal data through secure communication channels, respecting the regime of confidentiality and security.
• Educational anti-doping program of the RPC
• RPC Anti-doping Rules
• RPC Hotline
• Information material on RPC compliance with WADA Anti-doping programme
• Application of remote educational anti-doping programme of RUSADA in Russian to teach athlete personnel;
• Information material of the RPC proving that participation of Russian athletes and athlete support personnel at IPC competitions will not jeopardize the integrity of those competitions
• Information material on signing the anti-doping declarations by athletes, athletes support personnel and persons under PRC’s jurisdiction as well as procedure of employment to the CSP of athletes, coaches and specialists of Russian National Team;
• Information material on informing athletes, athlete support personnel and persons under RPC’s jurisdiction about article of WADA Code and IPC Anti-doping Code about prohibited association;
• Charts, outlining mechanisms of making the procedure of systematic publication of all decisions, imposing sanctions on persons guilty of doping rules violations
• charts on the RPC submission of reports to the IPC regarding all decisions in relations to persons guilty of anti- doping rules violations
• Draft Regulation on ethics, conflicts of interests and fight against corruption of the Russian Paralympic Committee
3.Provision of draft letter to the international federations about inclusion of Russian athletes to the IF RTP and distribution memo regarding visas
So, The Russian Paralympic Committee is firmly committed to continue active and effective work, aimed at implementation of the IPC Reinstatement Criteria to be reviewed at the next IPC Executive Board meeting in September of 2017, where an issue of allowing the participation of the Russian Paralympic athletes at the XII Winter Paralympic Games in Pyeonchang (Korea) and other large international events will be discussed.
Prior to the final decision of the IPC about the RPC reinstatement the Russian Paralympic Committee in joint collaboration with the Russian National Para Sports Federations and upon receiving the official confirmations from 17 International Sports Federations (responsible for development of 19 out of 28 Paralympic Sports) that allow the participation of our athletes in their events, continue the process of training and preparations of the Russian National Paralympic Athletes for future participation in international competitions including European and World Championships.
Since the beginning of 2017, the athletes of the Russian National Paralympic Teams participated at four (4) World Championship, such as Wheelchair Tennis, Cycling, Wheelchair Curling and Table Tennis, as well as at two (2) European Championship; Triathlon and Wheelchair Tennis.
Thorough out the 2017, the Russian Paralympic athletes are going to participate at eight World Championships: Rowing, Badminton, Cycling, Canoe, Archery, Triathlon, Taekwondo ,Wheelchair Fencing, as well as at the 10 European Championships; Boccia, Sitting Volleyball, Goalball, Canoe, Judo, Equestrian, Table Tennis, Wheelchair Rugby, Taekwondo and football 5x5.
In 2017 there were organized following national competitions in 9 Paralympic sports governed by the International Paralympic Committee where the members of the Russian national teams are determined:
• Russian national Para Cross-skiing and Para biathlon Championships (Physically Impaired), January 2017, Peresvet (Moscow region), 51 athletes from 20 regions;
• Russian national Para Alpine Skiing Championships (Physically Impaired), February 2017, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk (Sakhalin Region), 17 athletes from 9 regions;
• Russian National Para Ice Hockey Championship – Final (Physically Impaired), Aleksin (Tula Region), 102 athletes from 6 regions.
• Russian national Para Cross-skiing and Para biathlon Championships (Visually Impaired), March 2017, Perekop (Kirov region), 60 athletes from 17 regions;
• Russian National Para Swimming Championships (Intellectually Impaired), March 2017, Kirov (Kirov Region), 76 athletes from 21 regions;
• Russian National Para Alpine Skiing Championships (Visually Impaired), March-April 2017, Magnitogorsk (Chelyabinsk Region), 28 athletes from 5 regions;
• Russian Para Swimming Championships (Visually Impaired), April 2017, Ramenskoe (Moscow region), 40 athletes from 16 regions. Athletes set 2 national records and showed one result better than current world record.
• Russian National Para Powerlifting Championships (Physically Impaired), May 2017, Kursk (Kursk Region), 156 athletes from 43 regions. Athletes set three (3) national records and showed one result better than current European record.
• Russian National Shooting Para Sport Championships (Physically Impaired), May 2017, Kazan (Tatarstan Republic), 53 athletes from 19 regions;
• Russian National Para Athletics Championships (Physically Impaired), May 2017, Smolensk (Smolensk Region), 345 athletes from 49 regions. Athletes set 17 national records and showed three results better than current World records.
• Russian National Para Athletics Championships (Visually Impaired), June 2017, Saransk (Republic of Mordovia), 125 athletes from 28 regions;
• Russian National Para Athletics Championships (Intellectual Impaired), June 2017, Saransk (Republic of Mordovia), 86 athletes from 25 regions. Athletes set three (3) national records
• Russian National Para Swimming Championships (Physically Impaired), June 2017, Ramenskoe (Moscow Region), 222 athletes from 32 regions. Athletes set 25 national records and showed six results better than current European records and two results better than current World record.
Thus, despite of the issues occurred, the Paralympic movement in Russia is growing and developing. The Russian Paralympic Committee will contribute to it in the future.