IPC yet to make decision on Russia blanket ban


The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has yet to make a decision on whether to block all Russian athletes from the 2016 Paralympic Games amid reports it is to impose a blanket ban.

A report in The Observer indicated the IPC would ban all Russian competitors from the Games after provisionally suspending the country.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) opted not to impose a blanket ban on Russian athletes from Rio 2016 despite the publication of an independent report by Professor Richard McLaren, commissioned by the World Anti-Doping Agency, that stated protection of doped athletes in the country had been "directed [and] controlled" at state level.

Instead, the fate of competitors was left in the hands of the international federations for each sport, with an IOC review panel having the final say on eligibility.

But the IPC will not reveal its ruling until Sunday, saying in a statement: "Contrary to media reports, the IPC has not yet announced its decision regarding the membership status of the Russian Paralympic Committee.

"The IPC can confirm that since 18 July when the McLaren Report was published it has been speaking with Professor McLaren and his investigations team to gather further information.

"On 22 July the IPC opened suspension proceedings against the Russian Paralympic Committee following the publication of the McLaren Report and additional information it had received from the report's author.

"The IPC's decision on the membership status of the Russian Paralympic Committee will not be announced until Sunday 7 August at a press conference in Rio at 17.00 CEST.

"Any media report claiming otherwise at present is pure speculation."