Con­tinue Rus­sian ban, IPC says

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS -

The In­ter­na­tional Par­a­lympic Com­mit­tee says Rus­sia’s ban from dis­abled sports should con­tinue be­cause it is sidestep­ping al­le­ga­tions of a ma­jor dop­ing coverup.

Rus­sia was banned from last year’s Par­a­lympics and sus­pended by the IPC in Au­gust af­ter World Anti-Dop­ing Agency in­ves­ti­ga­tor Richard McLaren de­tailed wide­spread drug use and coverups al­legedly in­volv­ing se­nior gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials.

How­ever, Rus­sian of­fi­cials have not “specif­i­cally ad­dressed” McLaren’s find­ings, ei­ther by ad­mit­ting them or “prop­erly re­but­ting” them, an IPC task force work­ing with the Rus­sian Par­a­lympic Com­mit­tee says in a re­port.

The task force says it has es­tab­lished a good work­ing re­la­tion­ship with Rus­sian of­fi­cials, but “there can be no mean­ing­ful change in culture” — a key re­quire­ment for re­in­state­ment — un­less “the prob­lems that led to the RPC’s sus­pen­sion are fully un­der­stood and ad­dressed.”

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