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 International Paralympic Committee says Russian athletes still have chance to take part in PyeongChang 2018

On Sunday, Jan. 29, the Governing Board of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) unanimously turned down a request from the Russian Paralympic Committee (RPC) for it to enter athletes into upcoming qualification events for the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games.

As reported by Censor.NET citing IPC press service, the suspension of the RPC, which dates back to Aug. 7, 2016, presently remains in place because the RPC has not yet met the Reinstatement Criteria that were published in November 2016.

According to IPC, any suspended member loses all rights and privileges of the IPC membership. In particular, a member is not entitled to be heard, except with respect to their suspension, or to vote at meetings of members, and/or to enter athletes in competitions sanctioned by the IPC, and/or to participate in IPC activities.

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The IPC's decision does not necessarily close the door on possible Russian participation at next year's Games however.

Should the RPC continue co-operate fully with the IPC Taskforce and meet the reinstatement criteria in full before PyeongChang 2018, then the IPC Governing Board will lift its suspension. In doing so it may then be possible for the RPC to enter athletes into qualification events or alternatively apply to the IPC for either bipartite or returned slots from the National Paralympic Committees in order for eligible athletes to compete at the Games.

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Источник: https://censor.net.ua/en/n425611