Russians and Belarusians are invited to the Paralympic Games under the neutral flag –

Russians and Belarusians are invited to the Paralympic Games under the neutral flag –

Russian and Belarusian athletes are only allowed to participate in the Beijing Paralympic Games under a neutral flag and are not included in the medal count. This was announced by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC).

The IPC is taking this action because of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Belarus is an ally of Russia. The Paralympic Games start next Friday.

Earlier this week, the IOC (International Olympic Committee) called for Russian and Belarusian athletes to be banned from international events. Many sports associations have responded to this call.

Constitution

The IPC disagrees with the decision in the IOC’s appeal. In their own words, because the total ban on athletes goes against the principles of the “Constitution of the Paralympic Movement”.

“Deciding to stay within our core values ​​of political neutrality and fight for impartiality was essential,” IPC chairman Andrew Parsons said in a statement.

“Sport has the transformative power to overcome our shortcomings and bring out the best in humanity, especially in dark times.”

Source: NOS

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