The President of the Russian Paralympic Committee (RPC) Vladimir Lukin announced there are 33 athletes in the Russian Paralympic team to perform at the 2018 Winter Paralympic, during a press conference in Moscow on Thursday. «The executive committee [of the Russian Paralympic Committee] confirmed that the Russian Paralympic team consists of 79 people, including 33 athletes and 7 sighted guides... Еще,» Lukin said. The head coach of the Russian Paralympic Alpine Skiing Team Aleksandr Nazarov noted that there would be no strike by Russian Paralympic athletes and all of them are going to perform. «The only way to go further and be in progress is to challenge each other,» he stated. According to the Vice President of the Russian Paralympic Committee Oleg Smolin, Russian Paralympians received stricter demands from the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), than the Russian Olympic team did from the International Olympic Committee (IOC). «Olympic athletes may at least mention Russia, they will perform with the Olympic Athletes from Russia (OAR) marks, ours are even not given this permission,» he said. The 2018 Winter Paralympics are to take place in Pyongchang from March 9 — March 18. The Russian Paralympic team was absent from the Summer 2016 Rio de Janeiro Paralympic Games due to the IPC's ban.