Russia’s doping ban from Paralympics ends, with conditions

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s return to the Paralympics after doping scandals has been confirmed, though athletes face extra drug tests.

The International Paralympic Committee formally lifted Russia’s suspension on Friday after 2 1/2 years, but set a probation period through 2022.

Conditions include extra drug testing before competitions — with Russia footing the bill — and a ban on government officials serving on the Russian Paralympic Committee.

Russia was completely barred from the 2016 Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro after the IPC found a “medals over morals mentality” led to widespread cheating.

However, 30 athletes from the country were allowed to enter as Neutral Paralympic Athletes for last year’s Winter Paralympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The IPC said in January it planned to lift the ban in March.