Published: Wed, January 31, 2018
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Russians can compete as neutrals at Pyeongchang Paralympics

Russians can compete as neutrals at Pyeongchang Paralympics

In a by Russian sports website Championat, McConnell clarified the criteria for inviting Russian athletes in response to the International Ski Federation (FIS) president, Gian-Franco Kasper, who had earlier requested an explanation for the absence of several leading Russian skiers from the list of eligible Olympic competitors.

The International Paralympic Committee, or IPC, says North Korean Nordic skiers will likely take part in the upcoming Winter Paralympic Games in South Korea as wild card athletes.

Further details will likely be decided after working-level discussions between the two Koreas.

The IPC is expected to make a formal announcement soon.

Nonetheless, those officials said, certain disabled Russian athletes will have the opportunity to compete at the coming Winter Games - a decision taken with some disagreement among top Paralympics executives, who were unanimous in their decision not to lift the ban.

"We are a democratic organisation and anyone can express his or her opinion", Parsons said.

"Although the RPC remains suspended they have made significant progress and we have to recognise this".


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

The Pyeongchang Paralympics will take place between March 8 to 18.

In January, the RPC provided new information to the IPC Taskforce concerning RUSADA's implementation of the reinstatement criteria, while Russian Sports Minister Pavel Kolobkov sent a letter to Parsons concerning McLaren's report.

The IPC made a final decision to maintain Russia's suspension on Monday, meaning only a handful of Russian paralympians would be allowed to compete under the title "Neutral Paralympic Athletes".

Unlike their Olympic counterparts, Paralympic officials had not previously allowed Russian athletes to bypass the ban and compete as individuals outside of qualifying events this fall.

In accordance with IPC rules, flags of a "non-participating country" are forbidden from the stands at the Paralympic Games. "We have also witnessed behavioural and cultural changes".

"As a community, we feel the best playing field is a fair playing field", the Canadian organization said in a statement.

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