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Russia and Belarus suspended at IPC Extraordinary General Assembly

At an Extraordinary General Assembly in Berlin, Germany, on Wednesday (16 November 2022), International Paralympic Committee (IPC) member organisations voted to suspend the National Paralympic Committees (NPCs) of Russia and Belarus. The decision by IPC members to suspend NPC Russia and NPC Belarus stems from their inability to comply with their membership obligations under the IPC Constitution. This includes the obligations to ‘ensure that, in Para sport within the Paralympic Movement, the spirit of fair...

FIS is taking over governance of Para Nordic skiing, what does it mean for the sport’s development in the United States?

The International Ski Federation’s (FIS) annual Congress held at the end of May this year was an unusually dramatic affair. Fights over media rights – whether to look at serializing the sport of Nordic skiing into something like Formula 1’s Drive to Survive – sent skiing’s international governing body into a metaphorically different part of the Netflix catalog, less Dive to Survive and more House of Cards, West Wing, or Newsroom. If only Aaron Sorkin...

South Korea’s Medal Hope, Eui Hyun Sin Preps for Home Paralympics

For a few days at the end of January, a sea of stringed kites fills the skies of many cities in South Korea. The normally crowded streets of downtown Seoul — the country’s capital — empty and become almost devoid of people. Many of the residents are indoors with their families, or en route to the hometowns of relatives, all in order to celebrate Seollal, one of the nation’s greatest Korean holidays. Generally spanning a...

Golden Biathlon Breakthrough for Masters, Second Gold for Arendz and McKeever of 2017 IPC World Champs

The 2017 International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Nordic Skiing World Championships concluded this past weekend Feb. 18-19 in Finsterau, Germany with a biathlon sprint and a middle-distance cross-country event. Claiming their second gold medals of the week were Oksana Masters, of the U.S., and Canada’s Mark Arendz. Race recap and results below. *** The U.S. Paralympics Nordic Team’s Oksana Masters is plenty used to winning cross-country events. She ended last season undefeated in every cross-country race and...

IPC Suspends Russia from Rio Paralympics

As athletes continue to prepare for the upcoming Paralympics taking place exactly one month from Sunday in Rio, those sporting the white, blue and red flag of Russia will not. On Sunday, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) announced its decision to suspend the Russian from competition in Rio and upcoming IPC competitions.

VUOKATTI, Fin.—Canada made two trips to the podium at the IPC Cross-Country Skiing World Championships on Monday. Brian and Robin McKeever teamed up to win a gold medal, while Jody Barber stepped onto the international podium for the first time ever by winning a bronze medal in Vuokatti, Finland. Brian, along with his guide, Robin McKeever, have won nearly everything available in Para-Nordic sport. The brother tandem destroyed the field by winning the men’s 20-kilometre...