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(ATR) The president of the International Paralympic Committee is one of the few sports leaders who hasn’t ducked the doping scandal in Russia.
Philip Craven led the IPC to its decision in August to ban all Russian Paralympians from Rio 2016, at odds with the IOC which left it up to individual sports federations whether to admit Russians to the Rio Olympics.
Unapologetic for the IPC decision that rankled the IOC President, Craven is expected to keep up the pressure to hold Russia accountable as the Winter Olympics and Paralympics approach in the next year.
Craven is also pushing PyeongChang 2018 to increase the attention to the Winter Paralympics especially promoting the event. And he is also working with Tokyo 2020 to keep the Paralympics at the forefront.
In Tokyo, badminton and taekwondo have been added to a program that now includes 22 sports.
Craven, 66, has been an IOC member since 2003 and IPC president since 2001. A medalist for Great Britain in wheelchair basketball, Craven competed at five Paralympic Games.
Last reelected in 2013, Craven will step down this year as IPC president. His style of leadership will undoubtedly influence the work of whoever is elected his successor.
Written by Ed Hula.
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