Russian Para Athletes will be allowed to compete at next year’s Paris Olympic Games
Russian para-athletes will be permitted to compete under a neutral flag at next year’s Paris 2024 Games after the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) voted against a full suspension of Russia’s National Paralympic Committee (NPC) earlier today.
The vote was held at the IPC’s General Assembly in Bahrain.
“IPC members voted 90-56 in favour of a motion to partially suspend NPC Russia (with six members abstaining),” the IPC said in a statement.
The partial suspension of the Russian NPC for breaches of constitutional membership obligations means Russian para-athletes “will be eligible to participate in an individual and neutral capacity (this means no teams from Russian can compete) in the Paralympic Games,” according to the statement.
A full suspension would have meant no Russian para-athletes could compete at the Paris Games.
“In each case, this is subject to athletes and support personnel meeting such conditions of participation set by the IPC Governing Board. NPC Russia is also not allowed to organise any sport event/competition involving other IPC members,” the statement added.
The International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) 140th Session takes place in Mumbai from October 15 through 17, where similar votes will be held regarding Russian and Belarusian athletes.
The Paris 2024 Paralympics takes place from August 28 through September 8.