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The RPC Press Release following the IPC Conference

06 September 2017

On September 6, 2017 the IPC held the press conference during which the IPC President Sir Philip Craven, Mr. Andy Parkinson the Chairman of the IPC Taskforce and Mr. Craig Spence the IPC Media and Communication Director presented updated information on the implementation of the RPC Reinstatement criteria of its membership at the IPC.

The IPC Taskforce Report on the RPC Progress on implementation of the criteria was discussed during the IPC Governing Board meeting at Abu-Dhabi (United Arab Emirates) on September 3-4, 2017.

The RPC considers  the decision taken by the IPC GB  as an important first step towards full- reinstatement of the RPC membership in the IPC.

We are grateful to the IPC Taskforce  for the joint work done and the high appreciation of our contribution to this work.

Sir Philip Craven, IPC President, said: “Both the IPC Governing Board and IPC Taskforce are impressed and encouraged at the significant progress the RPC has made in meeting the reinstatement criteria since May.

Andy Parkinson, the Chair of the IPC Taskforce, said: “Since the last Taskforce report to the IPC Governing Board in May, the RPC has made significant progress towards meeting the reinstatement criteria and initiating real change in culture within Russia regarding anti-doping matters.

“The Taskforce continues to be encouraged by the steps taken by the RPC, and by the constructive dialogue between the Taskforce and the RPC Co-ordination Committee. The Taskforce is particularly pleased with the recent progress made in the areas of anti-doping education, the launch of the RPC’s reporting doping hotline, and various improvements and developments relating to testing.

The RPC sees the IPC Governing Board Decision as the first essential step toward the full reinstatement of the RPC membership at the IPC.

We are grateful to the IPC Taskforce for joined and productive cooperation and for their high estimate of our contribution to this work.

The RPC main objective is provision of fully legitimate participation of the Russian Paralympic Athletes who were not involved in any doping rules violations, in major international competitions, foremost in the Summer & Winter Paralympic Games. Therefore, we are welcoming any full or partial measures aimed at implementation of this goal.

Presently, we are doing and will continue to do everything in our power to resolve the remaining issues in the spirit of mutual understanding and cooperation, in order to provide our athletes with an opportunity to represent their country at the Winter Paralympic Games 2018 in Pyeongchang  (the Republic of Korea).

We are doing and will continue to do our best to resolve the remaining problems in the spirit of mutual understanding and interaction so that the athletes of our country are represented at the Paralympic Winter Games in 2018 in Pyeongchang (Republic of Korea

We are fully convinced that system of effective doping use prevention must be implemented in the atmosphere that promotes, rather than weakens the unity of the Paralympic Family.


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