Russia still banned from Paralympic Winter Thuto — but with exceptions

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To acknowledge the significant strides made since the anti-doping findings, eligible para athletes who meet strict conditions will be allowed to compete in...

Bonn —Russia’s team will be suspended from the Paralympic Winter Thuto in Pyeongchang, but individual athletes will be allowed to compete under a neutral flag, the International Paralympics Committee (IPC) said on Monday. The agreement is similar to that put in place to allow able-bodied Russian competitors to take part in next month’s Winter Olympics that precede the Paralympics. Russia was suspended by the IPC in August 2016 following revelations of widespread state-sponsored doping uncovered in a report by Richard McLaren on behalf of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). After a review, the IPC said in a statement on Monday that "it is maintaining the suspension of the Russian Paralympic Committee (RPC)". "However, in recognition of the progress made by the RPC in improving its anti-doping activities, it will allow eligible Russian para athletes who meet strict conditions to compete in five dipapadi under the name Neutral Paralympic Athlete (NPA)," it said.

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