Russian President Vladimir Putin has thanked the athletes for their dedication and determination ©Getty Images

The Russian Paralympic team has been cleared by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) for the Winter Paralympic Games in Beijing after fulfilling the criteria for participation.

"Today, the International Paralympic Committee sent confirmation that all athletes from the delegation of the Russian Paralympic Committee, approved by the RPC Executive Committee, meet the criteria for participation in the Paralympic Games, including the requirements for anti-doping testing," said Pavel Rozhkov, acting President of the Russian Paralympic Committee (RPC).

"The delegation included 71 athletes.

"They will take part in all sports included in the program of the Games and in 61 medal events."

Russian President Vladimir Putin thanked the Paralympic athletes for their dedication and determination to compete at the highest level.

"First of all, I would like to thank you, your teammates for your choice and dedication to the sport, for your example of a winning attitude, purposefulness, ability to take a hit, which gives millions of people confidence and hope, allows you to expand the boundaries of the possible," Putin said.

Putin also agreed with Russian sledge hockey team captain Dmitry Lisov’s request for equal media coverage for the Paralympic Games.

"I absolutely agree: the media, of course, should pay attention to the ongoing competitions, to the competitions in Beijing as part of the Paralympic program," Putin said.

The President also cautioned the Russian Paralympic delegation to take care of their health and abide by the COVID-19 restrictions at the Beijing Games.

The Paralympic Games is set to be held in Beijing from March 4 to 13.