Breather for Russian Paralympians, to be reinstated ahead of 2020 Tokyo
Sports Scene

In a surprising decision, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) announced that they were going to reinstate Russian Paralympians. This came more than two years after the country was suspended for widespread doping and the decision means Russia will be able to compete at the 2020 Tokyo Summer Paralympics.

Meanwhile, the Russian sports officials welcomed the decision by the IPC. Russian Sports Minister Pavel Kolobkov said that he has already congratulated the Paralympians and has also conveyed his gratitude to the Paralympic Committee for the work they carried out.  

Russian Paralympic Committee President Vladimir Lukin gave a news conference following an extended meeting of the Russian Paralympic Committee to discuss the 2018 Winter Paralympic Games in Pyeongchang on February 1, 2018. /VCG Photo 

Russian Paralympic Committee President Vladimir Lukin gave a news conference following an extended meeting of the Russian Paralympic Committee to discuss the 2018 Winter Paralympic Games in Pyeongchang on February 1, 2018. /VCG Photo 

The head of the Russian Paralympic Committee, Vladimir Lukin, mentioned that the committee acknowledged that not everything was smooth in their work, especially in anti-doping activities.

The IPC ruled that reforms to crack down on doping and limit government interference were enough to allow Russia to participate under its own flag ahead of the 2020 Paralympics. 

The IPC also gave up on a demand that Russian authorities should admit to the findings of a report by the World Anti-Doping Agency, which led to the suspension. 

However, Russian Paralympic affairs will be monitored until at least 2022 with extra drug-testing, and could be immediately re-suspended if it breaches any of the conditions.