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Russian Athletes ‘Missed in Sporting Sense’ at Paralympics - IPC President

© Sputnik / Vladimir Pesnya / Go to the photo bankPresident of the International Paralympic Committee Sir Philip Craven. (File)
President of the International Paralympic Committee Sir Philip Craven. (File) - Sputnik International
The IPC president said in an interview with BBC Sport that the Russian team was missed at Paralympic sport competitions in South Korea.

Natalia Kocherova during the women's 800m race in athletics competition at the Russian Paralympic competition - Sputnik International
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) – International Paralympic Committee (IPC) President Philip Craven said Tuesday that he believed that the Russian team was missed at Paralympic sport competitions in the South Korean Pyeongchang, in an interview with BBC Sport.

"Russia is a great sporting nation and without them being here they are missed in a sporting sense… But we can't have nations competing when their performances have been tarnished by what's gone on before," Craven said.

On August 7, 2016, Craven announced the IPC's decision to suspend Russian Paralympic athletes from the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games as well as to deprive the Russian Paralympic committee from the right to be an IPC member, which hampers Russian athletes’ participation in the qualifications, conducted ahead of the Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games.

The move followed the World Anti-Doping Agency's (WADA) accusations toward Russia of running a state-wide doping program.

On January 13, IPC Media and Communications Director Craig Spence told R-Sport he would report on the progress in the Russian Paralympic committee’s reestablishing its membership of the IPC in late January.

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