IPC approves Beijing 2022 venue masterplan
The governing board of the International Paralympic Committee has approved the venue masterplan for the Beijing 2022 winter Paralympic Games, signing off the five competition venues proposed by the organising committee, as well as the use of three Paralympic villages in different clusters.
The approval came during three days of meetings which took place on 22 to 24 June in Bonn, Germany.
The IPC said that, although the suspension of the Russian Paralympic Committee was discussed at the meetings, no decision was taken to lift the suspension on the basis that there had been “no progress” in meeting the final two reinstatement criteria.
The IPC has demanded that Russian authorities “adequately address” the findings of the independent McLaren report, commissioned by the World Anti-Doping Agency. This includes the reinstatement of RUSADA, the Russian anti-doping agency, which is also suspended.
The McLaren report alleged that there had been widespread manipulation of anti-doping samples around the 2014 winter Olympic and Paralympic Games in Sochi.
Meanwhile, a final decision on whether Para bobsleigh will be included in the Beijing 2022 games was deferred until September. The sport was provisionally accepted onto the programme in September 2016 pending the International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation meeting several conditions.
The board also formally endorsed the appointment of Philip Craven, the former IPC president, to the board of directors of Toyota, the Japanese car giant that is a worldwide Paralympic partner of the IPC, and signed off the audited accounts for 2017.
The next IPC governing board meeting will take place in Madrid on 10 and 11 September.