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Argentina:‘We want Russian athletes to return to our family’ - IPC President04:08

Argentina:‘We want Russian athletes to return to our family’ - IPC President

Argentina, Buenos Aires
October 9, 2018 at 16:18 GMT +00:00 · Published

President of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Andrew Parsons said the organisation is ready to welcome Russia back provided it fulfils all criteria set by the IPC, after the country was banned before the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games due to a doping scandal. Parsons was peaking in an interview with RT in Buenos Aires on Tuesday.

“There are more than 20 criteria and three more are left to be fulfilled: payment of expenses, recognition of the McLaren report and the question of RUSADA’s membership in WADA,” the president said.

“We allowed Russian athletes to perform at the Games in Pyeongchang under a neutral flag. This was a recognition of the positive changes that the Russian Paralympic Committee has achieved,” Parsons added.

“I believe that the Russian Federation, as a country, could carry out more serious work, in the first place, to recognize the report of McLaren or Schmid, because for me, as well as for the whole world, it is obvious that there was a certain system of manipulations on the use of doping participation of official institutions,” he stated.

Argentina:‘We want Russian athletes to return to our family’ - IPC President04:08
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President of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Andrew Parsons said the organisation is ready to welcome Russia back provided it fulfils all criteria set by the IPC, after the country was banned before the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games due to a doping scandal. Parsons was peaking in an interview with RT in Buenos Aires on Tuesday.

“There are more than 20 criteria and three more are left to be fulfilled: payment of expenses, recognition of the McLaren report and the question of RUSADA’s membership in WADA,” the president said.

“We allowed Russian athletes to perform at the Games in Pyeongchang under a neutral flag. This was a recognition of the positive changes that the Russian Paralympic Committee has achieved,” Parsons added.

“I believe that the Russian Federation, as a country, could carry out more serious work, in the first place, to recognize the report of McLaren or Schmid, because for me, as well as for the whole world, it is obvious that there was a certain system of manipulations on the use of doping participation of official institutions,” he stated.

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