The International Paralympic Committee Governing Board will meet on 26 and 27 January 2018. During the meeting the progress of implementation of the Russian Paralympic Committee Reinstatement criteria in IPC membership will be reviewed and a decision about Russian athletes participation in the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games will be taken.
As it is known, starting from March 2017, after the approval of the Roadmap for implementation of RPC reinstatement Criteria, the RPC is fulfilling the Roadmap.
On December 20, 2017, after the IPC Governing Board meeting, the IPC President Andrew Parsons stated that "the IPC Governing Board continues to be impressed at the level of co-operation and progress made so far by the RPC" (IPC the press release is attached). In particular, the IPC confirmed the fulfillment of almost all paragraphs of the Road Map out of 67 paragraphs. Five criteria that still need to be met are the following:
1. Confirmation by the Ministry of Sport of the Russian Federation that the required changes were enacted into the Russian legislation in order to allow the proper enforcement of provisional and final suspensions against athlete support personnel (and introduction of those changes in the standard agreements of the Center of Sports Preparation of National Teams of Russia (CSP)):
On December 29, 2017, Federal Law No. 461-FZ "On Amendments to the Labour Code of the Russian Federation" came into force. CSP has made the respective changes in employment agreements with the athletes, coaches and specialists of National Sport Teams of Russia. Russian Sport Minister – Mr. Pavel Kolobkov in his official letter to the IPC President has confirmed the adopted changes in the Russian legislation. On January 23, 2018, the IPC Taskforce reported that this Criteria is implemented.
2. Completion of all budget-related aspects of the Reinstatement criteria:
The RPC, in accordance with the established timetables, sent to the IPC two contracts agreed with the IPC, for their further signing by the IPC
3. The approval of the RPC’s constitution by the IPC membership department:
On January 11, 2017, the RPC sent its Constitution to the IPC Taskforce and the IPC, and on March 22 the RPC sent a review of compliance with its own Constitution. The RPC on a regular basis appeals to the IPC and the IPC Taskforce to provide either the comments on the Constitution, or to confirm the fulfilment of this paragraph of the Roadmap. So far, the RPC has not received any relevant information on this matter from the IPC.
As for two paragraphs of the Roadmap, which are beyond the RPC competence, and which the IPC Governing Board rejected to remove on 19 December,2017 in spite of the RPC’s formal request, the RPC sent the relevant letters to RUSADA and the Ministry of Sport of the Russian Federation.
4. The full reinstatement of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA):
In January 2018, the RPC sent to the IPC Taskforce and the IPC the detailed information received from RUSADA on the current activities and the progress of meeting the paragraphs of the RUSADA Roadmap to Code compliance. RUSADA has now implemented almost all points of the Roadmap. RUSADA has been audited by the WADA, successfully implemented the list of critical requirements and completed the implementation of the outstanding points of the Roadmap for its subsequent consideration by the WADA Compliance Review Committee.
5. The provision of an official response specifically and adequately addressing the findings made by Professor McLaren
In January of 2018, the Minister of Sport of the Russian Federation – Mr. Pavel Kolobkov, forwarded the official letter to the IPC President Mr. Andrew Parsons, where he informed of the detailed examination of all the materials and findings made by Professor McLaren and confirmed its importance. Immediately, after the publication of the Report, all the individuals mentioned in the Report went through the professional audit.
As it was indicated by the Russian Ministry of Sport, the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation is conducting an investigation in respect of a group of individuals who were allegedly involved in criminal activities and is ready to cooperate with the WADA on investigating all the related cases of Anti-Doping rules violations. Upon the conclusion of the investigation, all materials will be sent out to the judicial bodies, who will determine the appropriate measures to be applied to guilty individuals.
Also, as the Russian Ministry of Sport has confirmed that the McLaren’s Report has become the turning point for reformation of the Anti-Doping system in the Russian Federation. The existing system of the doping control failed. However, the system of state supported doping never existed and does not exist in the Russian Federation. On the contrary, the state always actively supported and continues to support the set of measures aimed at prevention of doping use in sport.
The Russian Ministry of Sport points out that today, the mechanism of doping use prevention in the Russian Sport is fully reformed today and is in full compliance with the international standards. We are fully confident to state that, upon adaptation of the appropriate measures - all functional problems of the Anti-Doping system are remained in the past.
The first part of the McLaren Report there is mentioning a thirty (35) samples of the Russian Paralympic athletes from twenty eight (28) Paralympic Sports, who according to Mr. McLaren, were involved in the “Disappearing Positive Methodology” from 2011 up to 2015. On August 7, 2016, the IPC forwarded to the RPC the information regarding ten (10) other samples. Out of all forty five (45) samples, only twenty eight (28) are related to the Paralympic Sport, which is also supported by the IPC data.
Prior to 2016, there were investigations conducted on seventeen (17) out of twenty (28) samples. All necessary sanctions, in accordance with doping rules violations, including the disqualifications, were applied to athletes who were found guilty. As to the rest of eleven (11) samples, as of today - athletes to whom they belong had not received any official notifications about doping rules violations from appropriate Anti-Doping organizations.
The second part of the McLaren Report contains information of eighteen (18) samples that belong to seven (7) Paralympic athletes. These athletes have not received any notification of doping rules violations from appropriate Anti-Doping organizations either.
Immediately after the publication of the second part of the McLaren Report, the RPC sent out official requests to the IPC, the WADA and to Prof. McLaren personally, asking to provide the RPC with more detailed information regarding alleged involvement of the Paralympic athletes in the “Sample Swapping Methodology”, that was described in the Report. However, as of today, the RPC has not received any requested information.
In 2017, 207 samples were collected from 67 athletes – participants of qualification events for the 2018 PeyongChang Winter Paralympic Games. Meanwhile, the results of all 207 tests were negative.
The RPC has forwarded the following proposals for the IPC Governing Board Consideration.
Reinstatement criteria for the Russian Paralympic Committee stipulate the continued monitoring of the Russian Paralympic Committee within 3 calendar years from the moment of reinstatement. It is reflected in the contracts between the IPC and the RPC. The monitoring is aimed at final confirmation that the reinstatement criteria, which have been met can reasonably be expected to be met by the RPC in the future.
The implementation of the remaining Criteria, which the IPC Taskforce may consider not fully met, is a long, consistent and systematic process. The RPC has suggested that the IPC consider these Criteria together with the criteria that are "complete but ongoing," taking into account the subsequent monitoring of the RPC.
At the same time, RPC President Vladimir Lukin asked the IPC Andrew Parsons, to allow the RPC Executives to address the members of the IPC Governing Board at the meeting on January 26-27, 2018, with a report on the fulfillment of the RPC Reinstatement criteria ; organization of monitoring of the RPC within 3 calendar years from the moment of reinstatement. The RPC would like personally confirm that the paragraphs of the Criteria, which are " complete but ongoing," will be met moving forward; and also answer questions that may arise from the members of the IPC Governing Board.