Russia's Team Banned from Winter Paralympic Games

Paralympic organisers said on Monday they would let some Russians compete as neutrals at the Pyeongchang Winter Games in March, but upheld a ban on Moscow fielding a national team.

No one implicated "knowingly or unknowingly by the numerous anti-doping investigations in Russia" can take part, Parsons said.

"Although the RPC remains suspended they have made significant progress and we have to recognise this", said IPC president Andrew Parsons.

"I understand his concerns but I have a different opinion and the Board has a different opinion".

The IPC's president, Andrew Parsons, told a news conference in Bonn, Germany, that its board had voted to keep Russia's national Paralympic committee suspended, meaning that Russian Federation is excluded from taking part in the games in the South Korean town of Pyeongchang this March.

According to, FIS head Kasper had earlier said banning Russian athletes with clean doping records raised serious concerns and suggested a ban should be imposed only on proven dopers, as otherwise excluding Russian athletes is tantamount to labelling them as such.

It said that two key criteria to end the wider suspension were still outstanding - the full reinstatement of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) by WADA, and an official response adequately addressing the McLaren findings.

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.

In a statement, the Pyeongchang 2018 Organising Committee also backed the stance taken by the IPC, which differs slightly to that of the IOC.

So far, 169 Russian athletes have been invited by the International Olympic Committee to compete at Pyeongchang 2018.

"The IPC and International Olympic Committee have both now made their decision on Russian participation as neutrals at Pyeongchang 2018".

"Pyeongchang is committed to delivering a Winter Games that is clean, fair and open to all eligible athletes".

The Russian Paralympic Committee was praised for fulfilling other criteria which also required it to tighten up enforcement of drug-testing rules and distance itself from what the IPC called government "propaganda".

"We are very proud to be part of the change".

  • Angelo Rivera