The ban on Russia competing at the 2018 Winter Paralympics has been upheld by the International Paralympic Committee.
But Russian Para-athletes who can prove they are clean will be allowed to compete in Pyeongchang as neutrals.
The British Paralympic Association has commented on the IPC’s statement today that Neutral athletes from Russia can compete at PyeongChang 2018:
“We support the International Paralympic Committee’s (IPC) decision to allow clean Russian athletes to compete as neutrals at PyeongChang 2018. The IPC took a bold decision to ban the Russian Paralympic Committee altogether from Rio 2016 and we recognise the progress they have made since to work towards achieving the reinstatement criteria. However, we agree with the IPC’s assertion that further advances are still needed to ensure the Russian Paralympic Committee fully comply with both the IPC Anti-Doping Code and the World Anti-Doping Code. In making this decision therefore, the IPC has done everything within its power to give clean Russian athletes the opportunity to qualify for PyeongChang 2018.”