Beijing, March 3: Athletes from Russia and Belarus will not be allowed to compete at the 2022 Winter Paralympics in Beijing.
“At the IPC we are very firm believers that sport and politics should not mix. However, by no fault of its own the war has now come to these Games and behind the scenes many Governments are having an influence on our cherished event,” IPC President Andrew Parsons said in a statement.
It was also a matter of safety and security, with the situation in the athletes’ village becoming “untenable” as tensions escalate, he said.
He said Paralympic committees from multiple countries had threatened not to compete, and that if Russian and Belarusian athletes were allowed to take part, “nations will likely withdraw” and “we will likely not have a viable Games.”
Earlier on February 27, Russian President Vladimir Putin has been suspended as honorary president and ambassador of the International Judo Federation.The sports governing body removed Putin in light of the ongoing conflict in Ukraine
“In light of the ongoing war conflict in Ukraine, the International Judo Federation announces the suspension of Vladimir Putin’s status as Honorary President and Ambassador of the International Judo Federation,” the International Judo Federation in a statement said.
Putin had recognized Ukraine’s breakaway regions – Donetsk and Luhansk – as independent entities. Later, the Russian President ordered special military operations “to protect” the people in the Donbas region.
Russia has been facing immense criticism, especially from the western countries over the recent actions. A number of countries including the US, UK and Germany have applied fresh rounds of sanctions on Russia.