Category: Sport

Russia’s Krasnoyarsk ready for hosting 2019 Winter Universiade

Russia’s Krasnoyarsk ready for hosting 2019 Winter Universiade

SOCHI, February 14. /TASS/. Russia’s Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk is ready for hosting 2019 FISU Winter Universiade, Russian Sports Minister Pavel Kolobkov told TASS on Thursday. “All major works were completed in December, all facilities were commissioned and tested, there were reports of arrears in preparations but they were all taken care of in January and early February,” Kolobkov said in an interview with TASS speaking on the sidelines of the Russian investment forum in Sochi. “We are now conducting work to decorate the city and sports facilities,” he said. “Krasnoyarsk is getting ready to welcome guests and athletes, and starting on February 23 the…

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Russia’s leading female short track speed skater Prosvirnova hopes for Ahn’s comeback

Russia’s leading female short track speed skater Prosvirnova hopes for Ahn’s comeback

MOSCOW, February 14. /TASS/. Russia’s short track speed skater Sofia Prosvirnova told TASS on Thursday she hoped that six-time Olympic Champion Viktor Ahn would manage to rejoin with the country’s national team. South Korea’s daily Kyunghyang Shinmun reported earlier in the day citing world’s famous short track speed skater Viktor Ahn, 33, as saying that he intended to make a comeback with the Russian national team of short track speed skating and vie for medals at the 2022 Winter Olympics in China. In early September 2018, President of the Russian Speed Skating Union (RSSU) Alexei Kravtsov stated that Russian national Viktor Ahn had decided to…

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Russian Ice Hockey Federation:gold medals of 2019 Universiade primary aim of Russian teams

Russian Ice Hockey Federation:gold medals of 2019 Universiade primary aim of Russian teams

MOSCOW, February 14. /TASS/. Fighting to win the gold will be the main task both for the Russian men and women’s national ice hockey teams at the 2019 Winter Universiade, Vladislav Tretiak, the president of the Russian Ice Hockey Federation (RHF), said on Thursday. “We will be all cheering for the men and women’s national teams in early March during the Winter Universiade, which will be hosted by our country in Krasnoyars,” the official website of the RHF quoted Tretiak as saying. “The task for the each team is to fight for the gold of the ice hockey competitions.” The Russian national team is scheduled…

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Russian sports minister lauds comeback plans of six-time Olympic Champ Viktor Ahn

Russian sports minister lauds comeback plans of six-time Olympic Champ Viktor Ahn

MOSCOW, February 13. /TASS/. Russian Sports Minister Pavel Kolobkov said on Wednesday he believed it was a well-considered decision of the six-time Olympic Champion in short track speed skating Viktor Ahn to announce his comeback and vie for more Olympic medals. South Korea’s daily Kyunghyang Shinmun reported earlier in the day citing world’s famous short track speed skater Viktor Ahn, 33, as saying that he intended to make a comeback with the Russian national team of short track speed skating and vie for medals at the 2022 Winter Olympics in China. In early September 2018, Alexei Kravtsov, the president of the Russian Speed Skating Union…

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Russia’s World Champ Loginov sets sights on Olympic snowboarding gold

Russia’s World Champ Loginov sets sights on Olympic snowboarding gold

Dmitry Loginov © Vyacheslav Prokofyev/TASS MOSCOW, February 13. /TASS/. Russia’s two-time snowboarding world champion Dmitry Loginov told TASS on Wednesday that his future plans are to gain more skills and take home the gold at the Olympic Games. Last week at the 2019 FIS Freestyle Ski and Snowboarding World Championships in the United States, the 19-year-old Russian snowboarder won gold in the parallel giant slalom becoming the youngest rider to win in this discipline. The following day, Loginov raced to win in the parallel slalom, bringing Russia its first ever gold in this event of the World Championships. “If we speak about plans not for this…

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Int’l Olympic Committee may make decision on potential inclusion of chess as Olympic sport

Int’l Olympic Committee may make decision on potential inclusion of chess as Olympic sport

MOSCOW, February 13. /TASS/. The issue of including chess in the program of the 2024 Olympics in Paris will be discussed during the upcoming session of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), which will be held on June 24-26 in Lausanne, the IOC press service informed TASS. Earlier, the French Chess Federation offered to include chess in the program of the 2024 Paris Olympic Games and made an official request to the organizing committee. If the committee approves the request, the dossier on chess will be sent over to the International Olympic Committee. “The Organising Committee Paris 2024 has contacted IOC-recognised International Federations whose sport has…

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UEFA opens disciplinary proceedings against Zenit FC after away match with Fenerbahce

UEFA opens disciplinary proceedings against Zenit FC after away match with Fenerbahce

MOSCOW, February 13. /TASS/. The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) has initiated disciplinary proceeding against Russian football club Zenit St. Petersburg following the match of the Europa League’s Round of 32 against Turkey’s Febnerbahce on Tuesday in Istanbul. “Disciplinary proceedings have been opened following the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 match between Fenerbahce SK and Football Club Zenit (1-0), played on 12 February in Turkey,” the European governing football body announced in a statement on Friday. The UEFA reported in its statement that the disciplinary proceedings against Zenit St. Petersburg FC were launched on charges of ” setting off of fireworks,” as well…

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Russian gunmaker to launch serial production of new biathlon rifle by late 2019

Russian gunmaker to launch serial production of new biathlon rifle by late 2019

Bi-7-4 biathlon rifle © Anton Novoderezhkin/TASS SOCHI, February 13. /TASS/. Russia’s small arms manufacturer Kalashnikov plans to launch the serial production of the new Bi-7-7 biathlon rifle by the end of 2019, Kalashnikov Director for Sports Projects, Three-Time Biathlon World Champion Ivan Cherezov told TASS on the sidelines of the Russian investment forum on Wednesday. “The project has entered its final stage and technical preparations are underway for the production,” Cherezov said. ‘We will start the manufacture gradually, by the end of 2019,” he specified. The Kalashnikov cannot deliver rifles to European countries due to the Western sanctions, he said. “One should not forget that our…

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Russia sends to IAAF 181 neutral-status applications of track and field athletes

Russia sends to IAAF 181 neutral-status applications of track and field athletes

MOSCOW, February 12. /TASS/. The All-Russia Athletics Federation (RusAF) has received 192 applications from national athletes requesting to grant them a neutral status, of which 181 have been already sent to the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), RusAF spokeswoman Natalia Yukhareva told TASS on Tuesday. The IAAF Doping Review Board approved on December 18 an updated version of the Guidance Note for Authorized Neutral Athlete (ANA) status applications and sent the document to the RusAF. According to the document, “Athletes who were granted ANA status in 2018 are able to re-apply for eligibility in 2019 by completing a simplified application form.” The RusAF started…

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Zenit loses 0:1 to Turkey’s Fenerbahce in UEFA Europa League Round of 32

Zenit loses 0:1 to Turkey’s Fenerbahce in UEFA Europa League Round of 32

Zenit striker Artem Dzyuba © EPA-EFE/ERDEM SAHIN ISTANBUL, February 13. /TASS/. Russia’s Zenit St. Petersburg lost 0:1 to Turkey’s Fenerbahce in its first game of the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 on Tuesday evening. It was the first-ever encounter between the two football clubs. The only goal in the game, which took place at the Sukru Saracoglu stadium in Istanbul, was scored by Islam Slimani on the 21st minute. Zenit midfielder Robert Mak missed a penalty on the 44th minute. Prior to the game, a minute of silence was observed in memory of Argentine footballer Emiliano Sala, who died in a plane crash last month. The…

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Some 300 athletes listed on Russian national team’s roster for 2019 Winter Universiade

Some 300 athletes listed on Russian national team’s roster for 2019 Winter Universiade

MOSCOW, February 12. /TASS/. The Russian national team at the 2019 FISU Winter Universiade in Krasnoyarsk next month will consist of 296 athletes, Russian Students Sport Union (RSSU) President Sergey Seyranov said on Tuesday. “The [Russian national] delegation lists 296 athletes,” Seyranov told a news conference, hosted by TASS on Tuesday. The Russian Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, which has a population of over one million, was elected to host the 2019 Winter Universiade at the session of the FISU Executive Committee in Brussels in 2013. The event is scheduled for March 2-12, 2019. The Winter Universiade is an international sporting and cultural festival which is…

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IIHF President Rene Fasel to attend opening ceremony of 2019 Universiade in Russia

IIHF President Rene Fasel to attend opening ceremony of 2019 Universiade in Russia

President of the International Ice Hockey Federation Rene Fasel © EPA/PETER SCHNEIDER MOSCOW, February 12. /TASS/. President of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) Rene Fasel and heads of other international sports federations plan attending the opening ceremony of the 2019 FISU Winter Universiade, Oleg Matytsin, the president of the International University Sports Federation (FISU), said on Tuesday. “President of the International Olympic Committee [IOC] Thomas Bach will record a welcoming video for all participants of the Universiade,” Matytsin told a news conference, hosted by TASS on Tuesday. “The opening ceremony will be attended by heads of major international sports federations, for instance, by President of…

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Russian Anti-Doping Agency reports over 30% increase in doping tests

Russian Anti-Doping Agency reports over 30% increase in doping tests

© AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko MOSCOW, February 12. /TASS/. The Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) collected 825 doping samples of Russian athletes last month or over 30% more compared to January 2018, RUSADA Deputy Director Margarita Pakhnotskaya told TASS on Tuesday. “RUSADA inspectors collected 825 doping samples in January compared to 605 in the same month last year,” Pakhnotskaya said in an interview with TASS. “As you can see, the difference is significant and amounts to an over 30% increase.” “Late last year we stated our intentions to increase the number of doping inspections and we keep our word,” Pakhnotskaya said. “The amount of target doping tests slightly…

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Zenit loses 0:1 to Turkey’s Fenerbahce in UEFA Europa League Round of 16

Zenit loses 0:1 to Turkey’s Fenerbahce in UEFA Europa League Round of 16

Zenit striker Artem Dzyuba © EPA-EFE/ERDEM SAHIN ISTANBUL, February 13. /TASS/. Russia’s Zenit St. Petersburg lost 0:1 to Turkey’s Fenerbahce in its first game of the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 on Tuesday evening. It was the first-ever encounter between the two football clubs. The only goal in the game, which took place at the Sukru Saracoglu stadium in Istanbul, was scored by Islam Slimani on the 21st minute. Zenit midfielder Robert Mak missed a penalty on the 44th minute. Prior to the game, a minute of silence was observed in memory of Argentine footballer Emiliano Sala, who died in a plane crash last month.…

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FISU chief: organization of 2019 Universiade to provide for Russian sports development

FISU chief: organization of 2019 Universiade to provide for Russian sports development

MOSCOW, February 12. /TASS/. The organization of the 2019 Winter Universiade, which kicks off early next month in Krasnoyarsk, will provide for the overall development of sports in Russia, Oleg Matytsin, the president of the International University Sports Federation (FISU), said on Tuesday. “Since the very first day we have managed to establish professional and constructive relations both with the team representing the Russian side and with representatives of international sports federations,” Matytsin told a news conference hosted by TASS on Tuesday. “Within these six years of work we saw significant improvements of the region and we have been always keeping in mind the scale…

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FISU says sanctions not in the cards against Ukraine for skipping 2019 Universiade

FISU says sanctions not in the cards against Ukraine for skipping 2019 Universiade

MOSCOW, February 12. /TASS/. Applying sanctions against the Ukrainian national team for skipping the 2019 Universiade in Russia is not on the agenda since the Ukrainian side never submitted an official letter of boycott, Oleg Matytsin, the president of the International University Sports Federation (FISU), told TASS on Tuesday. February 2 was the deadline for submitting applications to participate in the Winter Universiade, which kicks off early next month. Ukrainian Deputy Sports Minister Igor Gotsul told TASS on February 4 that Ukrainian athletes would skip the international tournament in Russia’s Krasnoyarsk. “The Sports Students Union of Ukraine [SSUU] is one of the most active members…

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Ukrainian team’s decision to skip 2019 Universiade in Russia ‘regrettable’, say organizers

Ukrainian team’s decision to skip 2019 Universiade in Russia ‘regrettable’, say organizers

MOSCOW, February 12. /TASS/. A decision of the Ukrainian national team to skip the 2019 FISU Winter Universiade in Russia is deeply regrettable, Maxim Urazov, the chief of the Universiade-2019 directorate, told TASS on Tuesday. February 2 was the deadline for submitting applications to participate in the Winter Universiade, which kicks off early next month. Ukrainian Deputy Sports Minister Igor Gotsul told TASS on February 4 that Ukrainian athletes would skip the international tournament in Russia’s Krasnoyarsk. “We are open for everyone,” Urazov said in an interview with TASS. “The Universiade was a chance for the whole world to discover Krasnoyarsk and Siberia, and we…

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Russia’s renewed anti-doping system is highly reliable, says Deputy PM

Russia’s renewed anti-doping system is highly reliable, says Deputy PM

MOSCOW, February 12. /TASS/. Russia’s renewed system of the fight against violations of doping regulations is highly reliable and is one of the exemplary across the globe, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Olga Golodets said on Tuesday. “We must be strictly adhering to the position, which we worked out for ourselves, we adopted a very substantial legislation and we have overhauled the system,” Golodets, who oversees issues of culture and sport in the Russian government, said. “Today we implement educational programs as well as programs of control over the clearance of athletes and work of doctors.” “This system is solid, very reliable and is one of…

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Russian national team to vie for medals in all competitions of 2019 Universiade

Russian national team to vie for medals in all competitions of 2019 Universiade

MOSCOW, February 11. /TASS/. The Russian national team eyes medals in all competitions at the 2019 Winter Universiade, which kicks off early next month in Krasnoyarsk, Russian Sports Minister Pavel Kolobkov said at a bilateral meeting on Monday with President Vladimir Putin. “We will be vying for any medal in all competitions [of the Universiade],” Kolobkov said. “We estimate the readiness of our national team’s athletes as positive.” “I believe that spectators will like the performance of our national athletes,” the sports minister told Putin adding that the Russian team was set to win the gold in bandy, ice hockey, cross-country skiing, freestyle skiing and…

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Fenerbahce FC Coach Yanal set for tough matches with Zenit St. Petersburg football club

Fenerbahce FC Coach Yanal set for tough matches with Zenit St. Petersburg football club

Fenerbahce FC’s footballers © EPA-EFE/SEDAT SUNA ISTANBUL, February 11. /TASS/. The players of Turkish football club Fenerbahce are facing a tough two-match encounter with Russia’s Zenit St. Petersburg in the Round of 32 of the UEFA Europa League, Fenerbahce Head Coach Ersun Yanal said at a news conference on Monday. Fenerbahce and Zenit are set for the first leg clash of the UEFA Europa League’s Round of 32 on Tuesday night, February 12, at the Sukru Saracoglu Arena in Istanbul. The match kicks off at 20:55 Moscow time. “We will be playing against a very good team, which currently holds the leading position in its national…

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Putin congratulates speed skater Mushtakov with 2019 World Championships’ gold in Inzell

Putin congratulates speed skater Mushtakov with 2019 World Championships’ gold in Inzell

MOSCOW, February 11. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin has extended his congratulations to speed skater Ruslan Murashov, who raced to win last week the gold medal in men’s 500-meter event of the 2019 World Single Distances Speed Skating Championships in Germany’s Inzell. “Your extraordinary talent, the outstanding physical condition and the strong will helped you to win over the strongest opponents from around the planet,” Putin said in his congratulatory message to Murashov on Monday. “In an honest and uncompromised fight you have managed to show the best result on the 500m distance, having confirmed your undoubtedly high positions both on the national and global…

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Kremlin: Repeating Russia’s success of organizing 2014 Olympics ‘is not easy’

Kremlin: Repeating Russia’s success of organizing 2014 Olympics ‘is not easy’

© EPA/CHRISTIAN CHARISIUS MOSCOW, February 11. /TASS/. The 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Russia’s Sochi remain as the best organized edition of the Olympics and it will be uneasy for any other country to surpass such success, Russian Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists on Monday. Asked about his opinion about the Olympics hosted by Russia five years ago the Russian presidential spokesman replied “I think of the Games as the best ever in the history of Olympics.” “I believe it will not be easy to repeat the success of the Russian Federation in terms of the organization of the Olympics – both the Summer and…

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Kremlin hopes remaining issues of anti-doping allegations against Russia to be settled

Kremlin hopes remaining issues of anti-doping allegations against Russia to be settled

© Valeriy Sharifulin/TASS MOSCOW, February 11. /TASS/. Russia has managed to significantly improve relations with international sports organizations in the fight against violations of anti-doping regulations, Russian Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Monday. “Our sports authorities maintain permanent contacts with international colleagues and as you all know a certain breakthrough has been achieved in this sphere as we have managed to turn the page of unfortunate relations with the international sports society…,” Peskov told journalists. “There are still some issues remain to be resolved, but I am confident that within the frames of the currently intensive dialogue and mutual understating we will manage to find…

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Kremlin regrets Ukraine’s decision to skip 2019 Winter Universiade in Russia

Kremlin regrets Ukraine’s decision to skip 2019 Winter Universiade in Russia

MOSCOW, February 11. /TASS/. Russian Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Monday he believed the Ukrainian authorities made a decision against sending the national team to the 2019 FISU Winter Universiade based on political reasons and without considering interests of athletes. “We can only express our regrets in this connection,” Peskov told journalists. “We regret that politicians are making such decisions, while students and athletes are suffering as a result of these decisions.” February 2 was the deadline for submitting applications to participate in the Winter Universiade, which kicks off early next month. Ukrainian Deputy Sports Minister Igor Gotsul told TASS last week that Ukrainian…

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Russian biathletes win bronze in men’s relay at World Cup stage in Canmore

Russian biathletes win bronze in men’s relay at World Cup stage in Canmore

Russian biathlete Yevgeny Garanichev © EPA-EFE/MARTIN DIVISEK MOSCOW, February 9. /TASS/. /TASS/. The Russian men’s biathlon team has won bronze in the 4 x 7.5 km relay at the World Cup in Canada’s Canmore. The Russian team included Yevgeny Garanichev, Eduard Latypov, Alexander Loginov and Alexander Povanytsin. The Norwegian team won the gold medal with the time of 1:16:36.6 and 7 extra bullets. The French team came in second (+1:10.4 and 8 extra bullets). Russian biathletes were the third to finish (+1:48.4 and 9 extra bullets). Norway’s team continues to lead in the Biathlon World Cup standings with 210 points, followed by Russia with 188 points…

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IPC President Parsons: ‘I don’t think story is done’ with Russia’s reinstatement

IPC President Parsons: ‘I don’t think story is done’ with Russia’s reinstatement

BONN /Germany/, February 8. /TASS/. The story of the Russian Paralympic Committee’s reinstatement with the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) is not over yet, but Russian Para athletes will be now able to compete under the national flag, IPC President Andrew Parsons told TASS on Friday. The IPC announced earlier in the day a decision to conditionally lift the suspension of the Russian Paralympic Committee (RPC) by March 15, which gives the right for Russian Para athletes to compete at the international tournaments under the national flag after that date. However, the conditional lift of the suspension will be in force until December 31, 2022, which…

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Russian Paralympians ready for additional doping testing, says RPC chief

Russian Paralympians ready for additional doping testing, says RPC chief

MOSCOW, February 8. /TASS/. Russian Paralympians are ready to undergo additional doping testing as it had been required by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), Vladimir Lukin, the president of the Russian Paralympic Committee (RPC) told TASS on Friday. The IPC announced earlier in the day a decision to conditionally lift the suspension of the Russian Paralympic Committee (RPC) by March 15, which gives the right for Russian Para athletes to compete at the international tournaments under the national flag after that date. However, the conditional lift of the suspension will be in force until December 31, 2022, which means that the Russian side must strictly…

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IPC chief: Russian Para athletes to be tested for doping ‘more than any other athlete’

IPC chief: Russian Para athletes to be tested for doping ‘more than any other athlete’

BONN /Germany/, February 8. /TASS/. Russian Para athletes will have to undergo doping tests in the immediate future more ‘than any other athlete in the world,’ President of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Andrew Parsons told TASS on Friday. The IPC announced earlier in the day a decision to conditionally lift the suspension of the Russian Paralympic Committee (RPC) by March 15, which gives the right for Russian Para athletes to compete at the international tournaments under the national flag after that date. However, the conditional lift of the suspension will be in force until December 31, 2022, which means that the Russian side must…

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IPC President Parsons says WADA to share data from Moscow Anti-Doping Lab

IPC President Parsons says WADA to share data from Moscow Anti-Doping Lab

BONN /Germany/, February 8. /TASS/. The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) closely works with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), which will share with the IPC data extracted from the Moscow Anti-Doping Laboratory in case of newly exposed anti-doping violations, IPC President Andrew Parsons told TASS on Friday. The IPC announced earlier in the day a decision to conditionally lift the suspension of the Russian Paralympic Committee (RPC) by March 15, which gives the right for Russian Para athletes to compete at the international tournaments under the national flag after that date. However, the conditional lift of the suspension will be in force until December 31, 2022,…

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Russian Paralympic Committee can cope with all IPC’s reinstatement requirements — chief

Russian Paralympic Committee can cope with all IPC’s reinstatement requirements — chief

MOSCOW, February 8. /TASS/. All criteria set out by the International Paralympic Committee on the full reinstatement of the Russian Paralympic Committee (RPC) can be accomplished, RPC President Vladimir Lukin said on Friday. The IPC announced a decision on Friday to conditionally lift the suspension of the Russian Paralympic Committee (RPC) by March 15, which gives the right for Russian Para athletes to compete at the international tournaments under the national flag after that date. However, the conditional lift of the suspension will be in force until December 31, 2022, which means that the Russian side must strictly abide by a number of special requirements…

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