Russian followers banned from waving flags at PyeongChang Paralympics

Russian followers banned from waving flags at PyeongChang Paralympics

Russian followers banned from waving flags at PyeongChang Paralympics

The International Paralympic Committee said Monday it will ban Russian Federation from competing at March's Pyeongchang Paralympics.

Ma Yu-chol and Kim Jong-hyon - recently completed their registration to the IPC to make their debut at the upcoming Winter Paralympics.

Parsons noted that there had been improvements in Russia's doping system, though not enough.

The IPC's president, Andrew Parsons, told a news conference in Bonn, Germany, that its board had voted to keep Russia's national Paralympic committee suspended, meaning that Russian Federation is excluded from taking part in the games in the South Korean town of Pyeongchang this March.

The Paralympic ban, however, was still tougher than that imposed by the Olympic Committee this year.

The Russians who will be allowed to compete must have undergone extra testing and a course of anti-drug education.

The measure comes after the International Olympic Committee also barred Russian Federation from competing at the Pyeongchang Games due to the country's state-sponsored doping when it hosted the 2014 Sochi Games. "But it is also criteria set by WADA", he added. We took the correct decision for the Paralympic Movement and Para athletes.

In a statement, the Pyeongchang 2018 Organising Committee also backed the stance taken by the IPC, which differs slightly to that of the IOC.

The decision represents a shift from the earlier IOC ruling to allow fans at the PyeongChang Olympics to fly Russian flags, as does the absence of "Russia" in the name under which neutrals can compete - a change from the IOC's "Olympic Athlete from Russia" tag.

Eligible Para athletes from Russian Federation will be allowed to compete in alpine skiing, biathlon, cross-country skiing, snowboard and wheelchair curling at the Winter Paralympics in Pyeongchang on March 9-18, the IPC said at a meeting in the western German city of Bonn.

"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. Russian Para athletes are now regularly tested and are amongst the most scrutinised Para athletes in the world".

South Korea's Yonhap News Agency says the IPC has made a decision to allow 2 male North Korean Nordic skiers to compete in the Games.

"Pyeongchang 2018 will symbolise the start of clean sport and fair competition for all moving forward".

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