On 20 December 2017, the IPC Governing Board decided to postpone the issue of access of Russian para-athletes to the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Paralympic Games until the next IPC Governing Board meeting, scheduled on 26-28 of January 2018.
The IPC’s documents contain a positive assessment of the Russian Paralympic Committee’s progress in meeting the reinstatement criteria in the IPC memberships.
Along with, the press release contains the reference to the current requirements, which have no direct correspondence to the RPC and clearly go beyond its competence.
This is a sad situation, when the victims of these vague and largely politicized requirements could be the fates of Paralympic athletes, whose were not found guilty in any Anti-Doping rule violations and their engagement in any of them was not legally proven.
The RPC hopes that the dialogues with our international partners will be continued in the practical, professional and sporting way. We are ready to continue working in the framework of earlier agreements. Unfortunately, there is less time left for this.
The Russian Paralympic Committee continues its work on organizing the participation of Russian Paralympic athletes in qualification events for the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games.
RUSSIAN ATHLETES TOOK PART IN QUALIFICATION EVENTS IN NOVEMBER-DECEMBER
At the meeting of the IPC Governing Board on September 3-4, 2017, it was decided to allow Russian Paralympic athletes to participate in qualification events as neutral athletes.
Cross-country skiing and biathlon teams of persons with physical impairments and visual impairments took part in the World Cup, which was held between December 9 – 17 in Canada. Alpine skiing team with physical impairments took part in 4 qualification competitions.
In September of 2017, the RPC, together with federations, composed a list of 68 leading Russian athletes in alpine skiing, snowboard, cross-country skiing and biathlon (52 athletes, 16 athlete-leaders) + 8 wheelchair curling athletes (total 76) – included in the extended list of candidates to participate in PG-2018.
Currently, the extended list of candidates to participate in the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games decreased to 63 people (49 athletes, 14 athlete-leader) + 8 wheelchair curling athletes (total 71) because some athletes haven’t gone through the international classification.
The cutback of the list of athletes to the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games could happen in the future due to results shown in qualification events, number of slots for the participation in the PG-2018, the IPC requirements to athletes for the PG-208 (the wheelchair curling team in PG – 5 athletes, the number of points in ranking, etc.)
In accordance with Limited Interim Measure - conditions of participation of Russian neutral athletes/athletes supporting personal, published on September 6, in November 2017 the RPC has provided members of national teams with competition and non-competition sport uniform for being as neutral athletes/personnel. All athletes of cross-country and biathlon, alpine skiing and snowboard sports, taking part in qualification competitions, have undergone at least two anti-doping tests. Also, in accordance with these conditions, any kind of statements in writing, via broadcasting, e-mail or any other format, distributed during the competitions made by the RPC’s athletes or athlete supporting personal on behalf of someone, are not allowed, except for their own statements,.
ACCESS TO PARALYMPIC GAMES OF 2018
In accordance with the IPC Qualification Handbook for the Paralympics in 2018, the period of the gaining slots in alpine skiing, cross-country skiing and biathlon, snowboard will end in 1st of May 2017; sledge-hockey – 20th of November, wheelchair curling – 30th of April.
During the period from 8 to 25 of January 2018, the IPC will accept applications from NPCs on bipartite invitations for participation in Paralympic Games 2018 in alpine skiing, snowboard, cross-country skiing and biathlon.
On February 1, 2018, the IPC will report on the distribution of slots by the bipartite invitations for participation in the Paralympic Games in 2018.
The Russian Paralympic Committee and Russian Federation of Sports for persons with physical impairments and persons with visual impairments continue the preparation of athletes for the forthcoming Paralympic Games in accordance with the approved plans and schedules.
Press-service of Russian Paralympic Committee.