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Update: No Russians in Rio, But Paralympians Not Banned from Pyeongchang

(Note: This post has been updated to include details about the IPC’s announcement on Thursday that it will not allow individual Russian athletes to participate at the Rio Paralympics, despite fielding more than 175 individual requests. Also, on Wednesday, the Swiss Federal Tribunal dismissed the Russian Paralympic Committee’s request for provisional measures to allow its athletes to participate in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.)


After much confusion, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) reiterated in a statement earlier this week that Russia is not banned from the 2018 Winter Paralympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, despite the Russian Paralympic Committee’s declaration that it was.

The IPC stated it was “currently in the process of developing the steps the Russian Paralympic Committee will need to take to meet its membership obligations” and “By rule, the Russian Paralympic Committee’s suspension will be lifted immediately following the Governing Board’s determination that the member is once again able to meet its membership obligations in full,” reported.

The Russian Paralympic Committee (RPC) initially posted on its website that its ban from the 2016 Rio Paralympics extended to Pyeongchang 2018.

“The decision taken by the IPC, upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) regarding Russian Paralympians being excluded from the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, has also been extended to include the Winter Games in 2018 in Pyeongchang,” the RPC stated.

That statement appeared to have been altered Tuesday when the IPC clarified that the ban did not include 2018.

In the wake of a nationwide ban from Rio, the RPC confirmed that more than 100 of its athletes, which would have competed there, filed personal appeals. Russia also appealed to the Swiss Federal Court, which on Wednesday dismissed the RPC’s request to allow its athletes to compete in Rio.

The IPC fielded more than 175 letters from Russian Paralympic athletes and announced Thursday in a press release that it would not allow any of them to compete as neutral athletes at the Rio Games, which start Sept. 7.

“The IPC has considerable sympathy for all of the Russian athletes who are now unable to participate in the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games,” IPC CEO Xavier Gonzalez said. “Indeed, the main goal of the IPC is to enable Para athletes to achieve sporting excellence and inspire and excite the world. Tragically, however, the Russian authorities have denied their athletes this chance through their actions.

“Once the Russian Paralympic Committee demonstrates that it will be able in the future to enforce the IPC Anti-Doping Code vigorously and effectively, without interference, the IPC will be glad to welcome Russian athletes back to international competition,” he added.

Earlier this week, RPC President Vladimir Lukin insisted that the IPC never clarified criteria regarding membership restoration and said his committee wrote to the IPC seeking more information.

“We will be working with the IPC to find out what sort of a road map they are drafting or perhaps have already prepared,” Lukin said.

Unable to compete in Rio, Russia is reportedly organizing its own competition for its Summer Paralympians, set to take placed in Sochi or Crimea. President Vladimir Putin has promised prizes equal to those awarded to Olympians.

Russian Paralympic Committee Appeal Dismissed

(Press release) On Tuesday, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on Tuesday dismissed an appeal by the Russian Paralympic Committee against its suspension by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC). The IPC suspended the Russian Paralympic Committee on Aug. 7 due to its inability to fulfil its IPC membership responsibilities and obligations, in particular its obligation to comply with the IPC Anti-Doping Code and the World Anti-Doping Code (to which it is also a signatory). Sir Philip Craven, IPC President, said: “We are greatly encouraged that the CAS Panel has upheld the IPC Governing Board’s unanimous decision to hold the Russian Paralympic Committee accountable for its membership responsibilities and obligations. “Today’s decision underlines our strong belief that doping has absolutely no place in Paralympic sport, and further improves our ability to ensure fair competition and a level playing field for all Para athletes around the world. “Although we are pleased with the decision,…

Russian Paralympic Committee Appeals Suspension

The Russian Paralympic Committee has appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) after the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) suspended its membership, the IPC announced in a press release on Monday. Based on an agreement between the two parties, the appeal will be heard by the CAS this Sunday, Aug. 21, and the CAS will announce its final decision by midnight (Central European Summer Time) on Monday, Aug. 22. Just over a week ago, the IPC suspended the Russian Paralympic Committee on Aug. 7 because it failed to comply with its IPC Anti-Doping Code and World Anti-Doping Code. Russia is hoping to compete in the 2016 Rio Paralympics, which start in early September, but is currently banned from all IPC competitions.

Masters Takes Another Win and Fourth Individual Podium in Finsterau (Updated)

By Gabby Naranja (Note: This post has been updated to include comments from U.S. Paralympics Nordic coach Eileen Carey.) Just as paramount to the prized top step of the podium is the process of getting there. U.S. skier, Oksana Masters, can attest to that after spending the beginning of the season battling illness and then emerging with double victories at the IPC (International Paralympic Committee) World Cup races in Finsterau, Germany. “I love to race and get excited on every start line,” Masters, who took her second win of the week in the women’s 1-kilometer sitting sprint on Saturday, Feb. 27, wrote in an email. “I unfortunately was sick for a majority of the racing season and I had to miss lots of intensity. When I was healthy to do intensity we made sure that it would be the most beneficial and get the most out of it. I was so…

Masters Breaks Up Russian XC Sweep; Soule on the Podium at Finsterau World Cup

By Gabby Naranja Scientific research suggests the loss of one sense sharpens the others. In biathlon for visually impaired skiers — who must detect the targets using auditory tonal cues — this finding holds a high ring of truth. Though tracking down target centers using sound alone seems superhuman, Russian para-nordic skier Stanislav Chokhlaev proved when it comes to aiming using his ears, he’s one of the best. With just one miss (0+1), Chokhlaev topped the men’s 7.5-kilometer visually impaired biathlon sprint last Monday, Feb. 22, kicking off the IPC (International Paralympic Committee) World Cup races in Finsterau, Germany, with a win. Besting Russian teammate Nikolay Polukhin, Chokhlaev completed the men’s three-loop race in a time of 24:34.1 for the overall win. With two misses, Polukhin settled in second place overall. Third place went to Ukraine’s Iurii Utkin, who shot clean. The Russian reign over the top spot continued, with Ivan Golubkov finishing first…

Masters with Back-to-Back Wins; Arendz Tops Biathlon Race; 4 Podiums for Soule in Pyeongchang

Come on @ASouleUSA & @OksanaMasters what day is it? That’s right. .. it’s SPRINT DAY! — John Farra (@JohnFarra) January 28, 2016 Note: This post has been updated to include comments from Andy Soule. Many Olympic hopefuls and athletes know the importance of practice in relation to performance. After Pyeongchang, South Korea, was named the host site for the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games, athletes from the U.S., Canada, China, Russia, Japan, and South Korea got plenty of competition practice on the course trails during the 2016 International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Nordic Skiing Asian Cup, which took place this year Jan. 28 until Feb. 1. Day 1 The IPC Asian Cup began last Thursday, Jan. 28, with a cross-country classic sprint. A member of the U.S. Paralympic Nordic Skiing team, Oksana Masters — a bronze medalist in rowing at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London, silver medalist in the women’s 12-kilometer freestyle classic sitting…

Masters Honored with Best of March Team USA Award

  (Press release) COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (April 10, 2014) – Notable performances during the month of March earned Paralympic Nordic skier Oksana Masters (Louisville, Kentucky), shooter Vincent Hancock (Eatonton, Georgia) and the ice dancing pair of Madison Chock (Novi, Michigan) and Evan Bates (Ann Arbor, Michigan) Best of March honors for the Team USA Awards presented by Dow, the United States Olympic Committee announced on Friday. Masters claimed her final two gold medals of the 2014-15 season at the IPC Nordic Skiing World Cup final, held March 16-22 in Surnadal, Norway. She finished 52.8 seconds ahead of the field to win the 12-kilometer sitting cross-country race. Four days later, she clinched the overall women’s Nordic world cup title with a win in the middle distance event. Read more on Masters’ World Cup win here. Hancock made history by shooting a perfect world-record qualifying score of 125 to win the gold…

Cnossen Captures Silver in World Cup Finals Pursuit; Arendz Repeats with Bronze

  (Combined IPC/CCC/U.S. Paralympics press releases) U.S. Paralympian and Navy SEAL Lt. Cmdr. Dan Cnossen cleaned three-straight stages then missed two shots to come away with silver on Day 3 of the 2015 IPC Nordic Skiing World Cup Finals on Friday in Surnadal, Norway. Cnossen finished second in men’s biathlon 12.5-kilometer sitting pursuit to end up on the podium for the first time at World Cup Finals. The starting positions in biathlon pursuit are based on the participants’ finishes in the biathlon sprint, in which Cnossen finished sixth. He ended up 54.4 seconds behind Russia’s Alexey Bychenok, who won in 41:43.8. “That was a really fun race,” Cnossen told U.S. Paralympics after the pursuit. “I was chasing people right out of the gate, and I came into the range with three people and every time that happened it helped me to keep my mind in the game. It was a great day!” Also…

Arendz, Hudak Race to Bronze in Biathlon Sprints at IPC World Cup Finals

  (Combined IPC/CCC press releases) Canadian Mark Arendz fought his way into podium contention after a late penalty in the men’s 7.5-kilometer standing sprint on Wednesday, the first day of biathlon competition at IPC World Cup Finals in Surnadal, Norway. The two-time Paralympian put down a fast last lap to finish 46 seconds behind defending world champion Vladislav Lekomtcev of Russia, who won in 17:20.1 with perfect shooting. Norway’s Nils-Erik Ulset also shot clean to finish 44.9 seconds back in second. “It was a great skiing race for me,” Arendz, 25, said in a Canadian Para-Nordic Ski Team press release. “I was moving well throughout the race, but made a bit of work for myself with that miss on the range. I felt confident on the range, but a miss is costly. There was some really tight results in my field and I have to be pleased I skied somewhat back after that first miss is my…

McKeever, Klebl Earn Double Gold for Canada at IPC World Cup Finals; Masters Tops 12 k for U.S.

(Combined IPC/CCC/U.S. Paralympics press releases) The Canadian and Russian stole the spotlight on the first day of the IPC Nordic Skiing World Cup Finals in Surnadal, Norway, with each nation winning two cross-country, long-distance freestyle races apiece on Tuesday. In the men’s 20-kilometer visually impaired race, Paralympic and world champions Brian McKeever and guide Erik Carleton topped the podium in 48:38.5, nearly five minutes ahead of of Russia’s Stanislav Chokhlaev and guide Evgenii Fatkhullin in second (+4:42.8). Third place went to Ukraine’s Anatolii Kovalevskyi, guided by Oleksandr Mukshyn (+6:22). In every IPC event they’ve competed in so far this season, McKeever and Carleton have not lost a race, according to a team press release. Chris Klebl, a 2014 Paralympic gold medalist in the 10 k sit ski, secured Canada’s second win in the men’s 15 k sitting, a race that proved to be the day’s closest contest. The 43-year-old Klebl finished in 40:24.0, edging out Russian world champion Aleksandr Davidovich by just…