When the Admission of Russians to the Paralympic Games Will be Discussed, IPC Was Told.
Moscow, April 14 – The issue of returning the rights of the Russian Paralympic Committee (RPC) and admitting Russian and Belarusian athletes to the Paralympic Games will be considered at the General Assembly of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) in September, said Andrew Parsons, President of the Russian Paralympic Committee. Kyodo News Agency.
IPC on November 16, at an Extraordinary General Assembly meeting, suspended RPC’s membership in the organization. In early March 2022, due to the situation in Ukraine, the International Patent Committee decided not to allow Russians to participate in the Beijing Paralympics. The IPC had previously suspended RPC from the organization in August 2016 following the doping scandal in Russian sport. In 2019, the IPC conditionally reinstated RPC membership and introduced a number of requirements that RPC must comply with. In 2021, as a result of this decision, the Russians will compete at the Paralympic Games in Tokyo.
According to Parsons, the issue will be decided by a vote of the National Paralympic Committees in the Assembly.
The head of the ICRC also noted that the situation that Russian athletes will be allowed to enter the Olympic Games, but will not be able to compete in the Paralympic Games, may repeat itself.
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