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RPC Press Release

11 August 2017

In order to implement the Reinstatement criteria for the Russian Paralympic Committee and upon the IPC Taskforce’s recommendation, the RPC will hold at its office the following events: start to the RPC Educational Anti-Doping Program in terms of which the first pilot anti-doping seminar will be organized for athletes of National Sport Teams, the official launch of the RPC “hotline” for reporting of any alleged anti-doping rules violations and presenting of the Ambassadors of Paralympic sports.

One of the main criteria of the RPC reinstatement in the IPC is “to develop strong anti-doping culture”, in particular, establishing an open environment that encourages whistleblowing and increasing  the level of athletes’ and athlete support personnel’s awareness in the field of anti-doping activities. 

In order to implement the RPC Reinstatement criteria, the RPC has developed and agreed with the IPC the following documents:

1.    RPC Anti-Doping Educational Program

2.    RPC “Hotline”

3.    RPC Regulations on Ethics, conflict of interests and fight against corruption.

4.    Mechanisms to ensure the proper enforcement of any consequences imposed in respect of anti-doping rule violations.

5.    Procedure of systematic publication of all decisions imposing sanctions on persons under its jurisdiction in respect of anti-doping rule violation.

6.    Athlete and athlete support personnel anti-doping declarations

7.    Statement of non-infringement of anti-doping rules

8.    Educational courses for the coaches and specialists of National Sport Teams of Russia via the e-learning educational platform of RUSADA “Triagonal”.

These documents and materials will be considered and approved at the RPC Governing Board meeting on August 19, 2017.

Consequently and upon the IPC Taskforce’s recommendation on August 19, 2017 the RPC will hold the official launch of the RPC “hotline” for reporting of any alleged anti-doping rules violations and present the Ambassadors of Paralympic sports- remarkable and outstanding Paralympic athletes. They will actively promote the values of Paralympic movement, spirit of a fair play, ideals of doping-free clean sport.

The major event of this day will be the start to the RPC Educational Anti-Doping Program. This program was developed by the RPC together with the IPC Taskforce, RUSADA and WADA independent experts. Its mission is to prevent intentional and neglected use of the prohibited substances and methods by Paralympic athletes in Paralympic sport, and to increase the level of athletes’ and athlete support personnel’s awareness in the field of fight against doping, to ensure fair and clean competitiveness of athletes at national and international competitions in Paralympic sports.

     In order to implement the RPC Educational Anti-Doping Program, the RPC staff members were educated for being the lecturers of the educational program, they will hold anti-doping seminars for all National Sport Teams of Russia of Paralympic Sports in accordance with the timetables. All the RPC staff members have had their learnings via the e-learning educational platform of RUSADA “Triagonal”. All coaches and specialists, who are working with National Sport Teams of Russia, will have to complete this educational platform as well.

    With the purpose to promote an open environment with zero-tolerance to doping and preserving clean sport, the RPC has produced some special propaganda attributes – placards, bracelets, pens, notebooks and other things. The RPC has published the second release of “Paralympic Sport” magazine, the information on anti-doping procurement of the athletes, operation of the RPC “hotline”, examination of medical supplies, e-learning educational platform of RUSADA and crosswords so everybody is able to check  his/her knowledge in the field of anti-doping.

    In order to increase the level of education in the field of anti-doping procurement of the athletes of National Sport Teams of Russia and all those, who take an active part in preparation of sport reserve, the RPC has published the IPC Anti-Doping Code and has developed and published Athlete Anti-Doping Guideline.

Also, the RPC will held the first pilot anti-doping seminar for athletes of National Sport Teams of Russia on the 19 August. More than 30 athletes, coaches and specialists of National Sport Teams of Russia of Para Ice Hockey, Wheelchair curling and Paracanoe will take their courses at this day and will be tested after the course.

For the purpose to increase availability of any anti-doping information and to simplify the search of the particular documents on anti-doping activities, the RPC has published on the RPC’s website home page the link to “Anti-Doping” Section and printed it with red color in order to attract the attention of its visitors.

The hosting of the above-mentioned events are aimed at promoting clean Paralympic sport, developing ethic principals, ensuring level playing field for all the athletes.

The guests of these events would be administrative staff and representatives of the Ministry of Sport of the Russian Federation, International Wheelchair and Amputee Sport Federation (IWAS), national sport federations for disabled, sport federations of Olympic sports, WADA-appointed international experts.

Simultaneously, a working meeting will take place with participation of approximately 20 NPCs, which are arriving to exchange experience in order to entirely and effectively execute in practice the documents and materials, developed by the RPC for the quickest implementation of the RPC reinstatement criteria.

Sir Philip Craven have said the following about the events, which are going to be held on 19th of August 2017 in its official letter dated July 31, 2017: «…The Russian Paralympic Committee continues to make steady  and positive progress, toward meeting its reinstatement obligations. The launch of the RPC “Hotline” and the first RPC educational anti-doping seminar undoubtedly represent important elements pf that progress”.      

It was agreed that the outcomes of the RPC work on implementation of the RPC Reinstatement criteria in IPC memberships would be reviewed and discussed during the forthcoming meeting of the IPC Taskforce and the RPC Coordination Committee at the end of August of 2017 in Bonn (Germany) and at the meeting of the IPC Governing Board (September 3-4, 2017) in Abu-Dhabi (United Arabic Emirates).




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