Paralympics ban athletes from Russia and Belarus after international backlash forces reversal
Just 24 hours before the start of the Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing, the IPC issued a statement explaining that the threat of several nations to boycott the Games had forced its hand.
The Paralympic Winter Games committee has confirmed it has agreed to ban athletes from Russia and Belarus from competing in the Paralympics after international backlash forced a U-turn.
It comes after international backlash to Wednesday’s decision to let them compete as neutrals.
Just 24 hours before the start of the Paralympic Games, the IPC released a statement confirming that after several nations threatened to boycott the Games, it was enough to encourage the committee to reconsider its previous decision.
“At the IPC, we firmly believe that sport and politics should not mix. However, it is not his fault that war has now come to these Games and behind the scenes many governments have influence over our cherished event.
Andrew Parsons, IPC President
The IPC’s decision to ban Russian and Belarusian athletes from the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games came after the governing body came under heavy criticism for initially agreeing to allow Russian and Belarusian competitors to compete under the Paralympic flag while being excluded from the medal table.
“What is clear is that the rapidly escalating situation now places us in a unique and impossible position so close to the start of the Games. Yesterday we said we would continue to listen, and we are.
Andrew Parsons, IPC President
This adds to the growing list of sporting sanctions imposed on Russia following its invasion of Ukraine.
In a statement, IPC President Andrew Parsons said: “At the IPC, we firmly believe that sport and politics should not mix.
Recently, the International Olympic Committee asked all sports to ban athletes and teams from Russia and Belarus from participating in all international competitions after the invasion of Ukraine.
It comes after the World Athletics Council announced that athletes from Russia and Belarus will be barred from all World Series of Athletics events for the foreseeable future.
“Yesterday we said we would continue to listen, and that is what we are doing,”
“Over the past 12 hours, an overwhelming number of members have been in touch with us and have been very open, which we are grateful for.
With the opening ceremony of the Paralympic Winter Games due to take place this Friday before the start of competition on Saturday, Russia was expected to be represented by around 71 athletes while Belarus had entered 12, none of whom will now be allowed to take part.
“To the para-athletes of the affected countries, we are very sorry that you are affected by the decisions your governments made last week in violating the Olympic truce. You are victims of the actions of your governments.
“Athlete welfare is and always will be a top concern for us. As a result of today’s decision, 83 para-athletes are directly affected by this ruling.
China’s capital, Beijing, will host a record number of more than 650 para-athletes from 49 National Paralympic Committees for the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games and become the first city in the world to host both Summer and Paralympic Games. ‘winter.
Beijing 2022 will take place from March 4-13 and will see para-athletes compete in 78 events across six para sports – 39 for men, 35 for women and four mixed events.
The Paralympic emblem cleverly transforms 飞, the Chinese character for “fly”. It vividly conjures up the image of an athlete in a wheelchair rushing to the finish line and victory. The robust lines in the upper part and the soft curves below symbolize para-athletes in pursuit of excellence. The emblem also embodies the Paralympic vision to enable para-athletes to achieve sporting excellence and to inspire and excite the world.
Designed by Chinese artist Lin Cunzhen, the emblems combine traditional and modern elements of Chinese culture, illustrating the vigor and passion of winter sports while incorporating Chinese calligraphy and emphasizing the importance of placing athletes at the games center.
“Together for a Shared Future” demonstrates unity and collective effort, embodying the core values and vision of the Olympic Movement, and the goal of pursuing unity, peace and progress around the world. The motto also took into account the key values of the Paralympic Games, in particular the role they play in contributing to a more inclusive society.
The motto represents the power of the Games to overcome global challenges as a community, with a shared future for humanity. These words reflect the need for the world to work together for a better future, especially given the challenges faced throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
The women’s slalom will be the final para-alpine skiing event in Beijing and one of the last events on the Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games programme. Female athletes are expected to conclude seven days of para-alpine action at the National Center of Yanqing Alpine Skiing on Sunday, March 13.
Beijing was chosen as the host city in 2015 at the 128th IOC Session in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, marking the second time it has hosted the Paralympic Games.
The opening ceremony is scheduled for Friday, March 4, 2022 and the closing ceremony for March 13, 2022.
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