(Munich) The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) voted 74-65 on Friday against the complete suspension of the Russian Paralympic Committee, paving the way for Russian participation in the 2024 Paris Paralympic Games (August 28-September 8 ).
A second motion, relating to the partial suspension of the Russian Paralympic Committee, with the participation of its athletes under a neutral banner and strict conditions of neutrality, will be submitted Friday afternoon to the vote of the members of the IPC, meeting in a general assembly in Manama (Bahrain).
This position would be close to the recommendation made on March 28, 2023 by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to international federations, to authorize the participation of Russian and Belarusian athletes, as neutral individual athletes, in international competitions.
The IOC, however, did not take a position on the 2024 Olympics, postponing its decision “at the appropriate time”.
Following the invasion of Ukraine by Russian troops on February 24, 2022, the IPC decided not to allow Russian and Belarusian athletes to participate in the Winter Paralympics in Beijing that same year.
On November 16, 2022, the IPC general assembly meeting in Berlin suspended the Russian and Belarusian national Paralympic committees for one year.