The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has announced that it is maintaining the suspension of the Russian Paralympic Committee (RPC) for the 2018 Winter Games in PyeongChang.
The IPC Governing Board has made the decision based on the 'RPC's progress in meeting the criteria' but will allow the participation of Russian para athletes who meet strict conditions to compete in five sports in March under the name Neutral Paralympic Athlete (NPA).
PARSONS: "Because the reinstatement criteria have not been met in full, the IPC Governing Board approved the IPC Taskforce’s recommendation to maintain the suspension of the RPC." @parsonsandrew pic.twitter.com/WvwCnVxr9N— Paralympic Games (@Paralympics) January 29, 2018
The IPC Taskforce, who met with the Governing Body to decide Russia's fate, highlighted two criteria that are still outstanding.
The full reinstatement of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).
The provision of an official response specifically and adequately addressing the findings made by Professor McLaren.
Speaking about the decision, IPC President Andrew Parsons said: “In the summer of 2016 the anti-doping system in Russia was found to be totally compromised, corrupted and open to abuse. This made it impossible to determine which Russian para athletes were clean and which were not.
"Seventeen months on, we face a different picture in Russia and it is important that once again our decision is necessary and proportionate to what is in front of us.
"Although the RPC remains suspended they have made significant progress and we have to recognise this. Russian para athletes are now regularly tested and are amongst the most scrutinised para athletes in the world."
For more details, including the conditions neutral athletes must meet in order to be considered for selection in March, click here.