Russia gets Winter Paralympic warning
22 May 2017 - 22:06
London: Russia have been warned they will be barred from sending a team to the 2017 World Para Athletics Championships in London and the 2018 Winter Games unless "something dramatically changes" regarding doping.
The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) issued a blanket ban on all Russian competitors at last year's 2016 Rio Summer Paralympics. IPC president Philip Craven said Russia also faced the very real possibility of being excluded from July's event in London and the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang as well.
Russia were suspended by the IPC in August last year following revelations of widespread doping uncovered in a report by Professor Richard McLaren, which also saw the track and field team banned from the 2016 Rio Olympics. The IPC established a task force to monitor and assist the Russian Paralympic Committee (RPC) in a process of reforming its procedures. But while encouraged by aspects of the RPC's "progress," Craven told reporters: "With 291 days to go until Pyeongchang 2018, there is not a moment to waste.
"The IPC task force will next update the IPC governing board in September and if the obligations have not been fully met by then, it will be very difficult for the (Russian Paralympic Committee) to have its suspension lifted in time to enter its athletes into the Paralympic Winter Games."
Clearly, with this timeline in mind, unless something dramatic changes in the next few weeks, the Russian Paralympic Committee will not be able to enter its athletes for the 2017 World Para Athletics Championships."