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Paralympics lift Russia suspension to Kremlin 'delight'

AFP  |  Bonn 

The International Committee said Friday it will conditionally readmit by March this year, lifting a suspension imposed over a doping scandal.

A Kremlin responded by saying was delighted.

"We are absolutely thrilled for our athletes," said Kremlin

"(Russia's Vladimir) has always shown them full and unconditional support.

"We hope the constructive and transparent work will allow the Russian authorities to turn the page in their relations with international bodies."

The IPC say the ban will be lifted by 15 March 2019, providing the Committee (RPC) adhere to a strict criteria.

"In August 2016 the IPC suspended the RPC because it was necessary and proportionate to the situation we faced and essential to ensure clean sport," IPC said in a statement.

"Twenty-nine months later it is the IPC governing board's firm belief that keeping the RPC suspended is no longer necessary and proportionate to the situation we now face in "

The IPC said the met the necessary criteria for reinstatement -- which must be maintained -- after implementing a 'robust' testing programme under the guidance of world anti-doping agency and launched an anti-doping education programme for athletes and coaches.

Russia was officially kicked out of the 2016 Summer and Paralympic Games, as well as both editions in 2018, in the wake of the bombshell 2016 McLaren report, by Canadian Richard McLaren, which exposed a state-backed doping programme.

However, some able-bodied Russian athletes, with clean records, were allowed to compete under a neutral banner at

Last February, the IOC lifted the ban for athletes to compete at future summer and winter Olympics, so the readmittance of their Paralympic team is the latest step in Russia's rehabilitation in the movement.

The of Federations (IAAF) still officially bans Russian athletes from competition.

However, 42 Russian athletes were cleared last month by the IAAF to return to events, albeit competing under a neutral banner, with the world championships to be held later this year in Doha,

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First Published: Fri, February 08 2019. 17:10 IST