Russian Federation fails to show enough evidence to refute McLaren's conclusions - IPC president

Russian Federation fails to show enough evidence to refute McLaren's conclusions - IPC president

Russian Federation fails to show enough evidence to refute McLaren's conclusions - IPC president

Russian fans banned from waving flags at PyeongChang Paralympics The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has banned Russian fans from waving the national tricolor at the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Paralympics following the organization's decision to keep Russia's suspension in force. The IOC previously banned Russia from the PyeongChang Winter Olympics for state-sponsored doping and said it would only allow clean athletes to compete as neutrals, each formally referred to as an "Olympic Athlete from Russia (OAR)".

However, the IPC will allow Russian Para athletes, who meet strict conditions, to compete in five sports as neutrals at the Games which get under way in March.

The Paralympic Committee said Russian athletes allowed to take part in in its games in March will also have to have undergone additional testing.

The latest IPC ruling is similar to the decision of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) last month.

The Paralympic Committee also took a tougher line during the Summer Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro in 2016, banning Russia entirely from the games, while the IOC permitted the global federations of individuals to choose which athletes to let in.

"We now have greater confidence that the anti-doping system in Russian Federation is no longer compromised or corrupted". The IPC says it expects 30 to 35 neutral athletes to take part.

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

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Critically, however, he also praised "solid progress" within Russian Federation with respect to antidoping education and drug testing - progress that had inspired confidence in the organization's ability to distinguish between clean athletes and tainted ones, he said.

"We are not lifting the suspension, there will be no Russian flag, uniform or emblem".

Parsons told RT that the rule doesn't relate exclusively to Russian Federation.

"Our taskforce will work with the neutral delegates to ensure that the competing athletes at both Games receive the same support as all other athletes to ensure they have the best Games experience possible". Philip Craven, then head of the committee, denounced Russian Federation as having chosen "medals over morals".

To be reinstated, Russian officials must either accept or disprove World Anti-Doping Agency investigations which found it ran a doping program.

"Under the supervision of WADA, we now have greater confidence that the anti-doping system in Russian Federation is no longer compromised or corrupted".

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