IPC lays down requirements for reinstated Russian Paralympic Committee
The International Paralympic Committee has today issued Russia with an extended list of criteria it must meet if it is to avoid a further ban over its doping record.
As anticipated, the IPC today lifted the 30-month-long suspension of the Russian Paralympic Committee after concluding that the national body had met the large majority of conditions laid down previously.
However, it has stressed that the move was conditional and that the RPC must continue to meet various requirements through to the end of December 2022 in order to remain in the international fold.
Last month, the IPC announced that it would lift the suspension of the RPC by 15 March after it met 69 of the 70 reinstatement criteria outlined by the IPC in November 2016.
The exception was an “adequate” official response from Russia to the findings of the McLaren report into the long-running Russian doping scandal, but the IPC board concluded that this would probably never be forthcoming, and has cleared the RPC to return to competition at events including the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games and the Beijing 2022 winter Paralaympics.
The suspension meant that Russian athletes were absent from the Rio 2016 Paralympics and PyeongChang 2018 winter Paralympics
IPC president Andrew Parsons said today: “We are looking forward to welcoming the RPC back as an IPC member. The organisation should be under no illusions, however, that should it at any stage not meet the post-reinstatement criteria, the IPC Governing Board can reconsider its membership status. This could include the IPC revoking the conditional reinstatement.”
The IPC had been regarded as the staunchest of the sports authorities that took action against Russia over the crisis, having banned Russian para-athletes completely from its competitions. However, Parsons last month justified the decision to lift the suspension by insisting that it was “no longer necessary and proportionate,” and that: “We need to move things forward and find a solution that protects the integrity of Para sport…”
The IPC said on Friday that the criteria that the RPC must meet between now and 31 December 2022 include:
• The RPC must remain
compliant with all of the requirements of the World Anti-Doping Program (including,
in particular, the World Anti-Doping Code) and the IPC Anti-Doping Code.
• RUSADA must not be declared “non-compliant” by WADA.
• Russian Para athletes will be entitled to participate in certain competitions only if they have met the specified minimum testing requirements during the six months immediately preceding the final day of the relevant competition.
• The RPC, IPC, International Federations that are members of the IPC, and RUSADA must be able to carry out their respective anti-doping activities in Russia and in relation to Russian Para athletes and athlete support personnel effectively and without external interference.
• The RPC must provide to the IPC Anti-Doping Department on a quarterly basis an up-to-date national calendar showing all scheduled competition and training events during the relevant calendar year. The calendar must be accurately maintained by the RPC and any updates notified to the IPC Anti-Doping Department as soon as possible.
• The RPC must ensure permanent authorisation for the timely shipment of samples (urine and blood) out of Russia, without interference or breach of the chain of custody.
• The RPC must procure free and unrestricted access to athletes for anti-doping testing, including (without limitation) the issuing of all necessary permits required to access 'closed cities' in order to collect samples at no-advance notice from athletes located there.
• The RPC must reimburse the IPC for any costs incurred by the IPC in assessing compliance with the post-reinstatement criteria.
• The RPC must provide detailed progress reports to the IPC (in English) every six months (by 30 June and 31 December in each year).
• In 2019, the RPC must pay the IPC €250,000 ($283,000) as a contribution to the increased testing required in relation to Russian Para athletes under the IPC’s jurisdiction. From 2020 this amount is €125,000 each year for the next three years.