On November 3, 2017, the Russian Paralympic Committee sent to the IPC Taskforce its monthly progress report on implementation of the RPC Reinstatement Criteria for October 2017.
On September 3-4, 2017 the IPC Governing Board highlighted the significant progress the RPC has made in meeting the Reinstatement criteria and decided to allow Russian para athletes to participate at qualification events in winter sports for the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games, putting in place a limited interim measure – conditions for participation of RPC neutral athletes and support personnel (IPC Limited Interim Measures) (IPC press-release as of 06/09/2017: https://www.paralympic.org/news/russian-athletes-compete-neutrals-qualification-events-pyeongchang-2018).
In accordance with the IPC’s Limited Interim Measure, the Russian Paralympic Committee organized participation of the athletes, coaches and specialists of Russian National Teams in para alpine skiing, para cross-country skiing, para biathlon and para snowboard in training camps and 2018 Paralympic Games’ qualification events, in particular: registration of the athletes in SDMS system; submission of sport entries and documents to the IPC in order to undergo international classification by athletes; control over Anti-Doping testing and medical examination; submission of the documents for entry visas, provision of insurance for athletes, coaches and specialists, reservation and purchasing of the air tickets, organization of transfers, reservation of accommodation/meals; payment of entry fees for participation and other organizational questions.
Since November 1, 2017 the Russian national para cross-country and para biathlon team of persons with physical impairment is having its training camp in Vuokatti, Finland in order to prepare for upcoming World Cup.
On November 3 and 5, 2017 Russian national para alpine skiing team of persons with physical and visual impairments arrived to Landgraaf, the Netherlands, for participation at the first qualification event for 2018 Paralympics in para alpine skiing of 2017-2018 sport season.
The first qualification events for Paralympic Games: para alpine skiing – 5-8 November, 2017 – international competitions in Landgraaf, the Netherlands; para snowboard – 12-14 November, 2017, Europe Cup in Landgraaf, the Netherlands; para nordic skiing – 7-17 December, 2017, World Cup in Canmore, Canada.
One of the crucial requirements of the Limited Interim Measure – athlete must undergo at least two doping testing during 6 months preceding the first competition. Currently out of 68 athletes who are planned to take part at qualification events – 58 athletes has undergone doping testing twice and more, 8 athletes - once, 2 athlete – have not undergo doping testing.
All athletes entered by the RPC for participation at qualification events in para alpine skiing and para snowboard have undergone at least two anti-doping testing, so they meet the respectful criterion of the IPC.
In accordance with the Limited Interim Measure, the Russian Paralympic Committee is planning to provide all athletes with the neutral sport uniform and non-sport uniform in November, 2017. This uniform was previously approved by the IPC. In September ,2017
In terms of preparation for the regular meeting of the IPC Governing Board in the end of November of 2017, the Russian Paralympic Committee is continuing its cooperation with the IPC Taskforce on meeting the paragraphs of the RPC Reinstatement Criteria in IPC memberships:
- In October 2017, the RPC agreed the RPC Anti-Doping Rules with the IPC Taskforce;
- Since August 19, 2017 and up to October 31, 2017, the RPC has held 33 Educational Anti-Doping seminars for athletes, coaches and specialists of National Sport Teams of Russia in 22 Paralympic Summer and Winter Sports. Upon the outcomes of these seminars, 654 persons have successfully undergone this education and being granted with the certificates;
- Since July of 2017 and up to October 31, 2017, 504 persons have undergone through the RUSADA’s e-learning educational platform “Triagonal”;
Currently, within the frameworks of finalizing the implementation of the RPC Reinstatement Criteria, the RPC is now awaiting from the IPC Taskforce and IPC of the following:
- Approval of the list of RPC Medical, Anti-Doping and Athletes Functional Classification Commission’s members and medical staff working with the National Sport Teams of Russia in Summer and Winter Paralympic Sport;
- Confirmation of the RPC’s compliance with its own constitution;
- analysis of personal data of RPC Governing Board’s members and other persons coming under the RPC’s jurisdiction in the context of “governmental official”;
- Approval of the RPC’s information regarding the CSP’s employment agreements with athletes, coaches and specialists of National Sport Teams of Russia;
- Approval of the decisions on financial matters to ensure the RPC’s reinstatement in IPC memberships.
One of the main criterion of the RPC’s full reinstatement is the RUSADA’s Code-compliance to the World Anti-Doping Code (the Road map of the RUSADA’s reinstatement: http://www.rusada.ru/news/main/vada-opublikovalo-dorozhnuyu-kartu-po-vosstanovleniyu-statusa-sootvetstviya-rusada/). In terms of meeting this paragraph, at the regular meeting of the RUSADA’s Supervisory Council as of October 19, 2017, with participation of RPC Coordination Committee’s chair, RPC Secretary General, member of the RUSADA’s Supervisory Council – Mr. Andrey Strokin, the report on the preliminary results of the RUSADA’s audit was considered as well as the Chairman of disciplinary antidoping committee and the RUSADA’s Ethics Officer was approved.
The issue of the RUSADA’s Code-compliance to the World Anti-Doping Code will be considered at the RUSADA’s Foundation Board meeting to be held in the middle of November of 2017. Upon the results of the RUSADA’s Foundation Board meeting, the IPC Governing Board meeting will take place, where the Interim Limited Measure - Condition of participation of RPC’s neutral athletes/support personnel could be withdrawn, maintained or reconsidered (extracts from the IPC Governing Board’s decisions as of 03-04.09.2017).