“All public displays of the organization’s participant name should use the acronym, not the full name “Russian Paralympic Committee,”
There are some specific rules the RPC has to follow to make clear it is not representing the country of Russia.
But first, a reminder on how Russia got here in the first place:
Inside the Russian doping ban
WADA’s compliance review committee suggested sanctions because the Russian Anti-Doping Agency failed to fully cooperate during probes into the country’s sports.
“On 17 December 2020, CAS found the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) to be non-compliant in relation to its failure to procure that the authentic LIMS data and underlying analytical data of the former Moscow Laboratory was received by WADA,” said the IPC in a statement.
“This matter was discussed by the IPC Governing Board, and the Board resolved to recognise and give effect to the CAS decision and also to adopt revised post-reinstatement criteria for the RPC.”
Competing as neutral athletes
Under the ban, Russian athletes can still compete as neutral athletes — which means they do not technically represent a specific country — if they can prove they had no link to the doping scandal.
Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s “Piano Concerto No. 1” will be played instead of the Russian national anthem if a RPC Paralympian wins gold.
According to Russian news agency TASS, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the imposition of the CAS ban on the use of the Russian flag and anthem “was obviously politically motivated.”
“The uniforms will not feature the Russian flag or Russian Federation emblem or symbols. Instead, the RPC emblem will be used where required.
“The words “Russia” and “Russian” shall not appear. For sporting equipment that requires the use of the country’s acronym, the RPC will be used instead of RUS.”
CNN’s Ben Church, Ben Morse, Martijn Edelman, George Ramsay and Zachary B. Wolf contributed to this report.