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As the RPC remains suspended, Russian Para athletes will compete in the Winter Paralympic Games in South Korea's PyeongChang, due on March 9-19, as neutrals.

BONN, GERMANY-Russia's team has been banned from the upcoming Pyeongchang Paralympics because of its doping past.

After a review, the IPC said in a statement Monday that "it is maintaining the suspension of the Russian Paralympic Committee (RPC)".

"It is now the view of the IPC Governing Board, which includes six Para athletes, that allowing Russian Para athletes who meet strict criteria to compete in PyeongChang as neutrals will not jeopardize our responsibility to ensure clean sport and a level playing field for all Para athletes".

The IPC's decision reflects that of the International Olympic Committee that barred the Russian team from participating in the Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang which run from February 8-25, but allowed 169 Russians to compete individually.

They will compete in five sports - Alpine skiing, biathlon, cross-country skiing, snowboard and wheelchair curling - providing they meet the IPC guidelines.


The 169 Russian athletes allowed to compete in the Winter Olympics is around half what the Russian Olympic Committee had hoped to send. Olympic officials have approved individual Russian athletes to be identified by their nationality, as "Olympic athlete from Russia". They will wear uniforms without any national insignia, and fans will also be barred from waving Russian flags.

"Under the supervision of WADA, we now have greater confidence that the anti-doping system in Russian Federation is no longer compromised or corrupted".

"If we take into account that our Paralympians could have been banned from the event, this is a victory", he said.

"Pyeongchang 2018 will symbolise the start of clean sport and fair competition for all moving forward".

Eligible Para athletes from Russian Federation will be allowed to compete in alpine skiing, biathlon, cross-country skiing, snowboard and wheelchair curling at the Winter Paralympics in Pyeongchang on March 9-18, the IPC said at a meeting in the western German city of Bonn.

"The IPC and International Olympic Committee have both now made their decision on Russian participation as neutrals at Pyeongchang 2018". Since then, there has been enough improvement to justify allowing Russians to compete as neutral athletes after extra drug testing, Parsons said.


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