2018 Winter Paralympics: IPC Uphold Ban On Russia

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has upheld the existing ban on Russia competing at the 2018 Winter Paralympics slated for Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Despite the ban, Russian Para-athletes that are able to prove that they are clean will be allowed to compete in South Korea as neutrals.

Details of state-sponsored doping prompted the August 2016 ban on Russia from all Paralympic competition.

The latest decision to uphold the ban comes after just three of five key measures required for reinstatement, set out by an independent taskforce, were met.

According to the IPC, 30 to 35 neutrals could compete in five of the six events – alpine skiing, biathlon, cross-country skiing, snowboard and wheelchair curling.

The Winter Paralympics is scheduled to start on Friday, 9 March.

The IPC revealed on Monday that two of the aforementioned measures are yet to be met.

The two measures are:

The full reinstatement of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (Rusada) by the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada).

The provision of an official response specifically and adequately addressing the findings of the McLaren report.