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Russian Paralympic Committee says ban on athletes in Beijing ‘contradicts all local Paralympic movement’ | Olympic News

Russian Paralympic Committee says ban on athletes in Beijing 'contradicts all local Paralympic movement' |  Olympic News

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IPC President Andrew Parsons confirms athletes from Russia and Belarus have been banned from competing at the 2022 Paralympic Games after overturning their decision following an outcry from other competing nations

IPC President Andrew Parsons confirms athletes from Russia and Belarus have been banned from competing at the 2022 Paralympic Games after overturning their decision following an outcry from other competing nations

The Russian Paralympic Committee said the decision to ban Russian and Belarusian athletes from the Paralympic Winter Games contradicts “every local Paralympic movement” and also hit IOC President Thomas Bach.

Competitors from Russia and Belarus were initially going to be allowed to compete in Beijing this month as neutrals following the invasion of Ukraine.

But the International Paralympic Committee later changed its mind after a number of protests, including from the British Paralympic Association.

Russia was due to be represented by 71 athletes at the Paralympic Games – which begin on Saturday after Friday’s opening ceremony – while Belarus had entered 12, none of whom are now allowed to participate.

The Russian Paralympic Committee said it was considering an appeal but has now decided to withdraw its athletes from China.

The International Olympic Committee earlier this week called for all Russian and Belarusian athletes to be barred from international competitions, which the RPC said “will lead to the degradation and collapse of the whole of world sport”.

IOC President Bach said there was no commitment to lift sanctions against Russian and Belarusian competitors, even if a peace deal is reached.

Paralympics GB Vice-Chairman David Clarke explains the team's thoughts on the IPC's decision to ban Russia from the 2022 Paralympics

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Paralympics GB Vice-Chairman David Clarke explains the team’s thoughts on the IPC’s decision to ban Russia from the 2022 Paralympics

Paralympics GB Vice-Chairman David Clarke explains the team’s thoughts on the IPC’s decision to ban Russia from the 2022 Paralympics

Statement from the Russian Paralympic Committee

“The Russian Paralympic Committee has carefully studied all the arguments that Russian athletes are deprived of the right to participate in the Beijing Games.

“None of them stand up to criticism – the decision is politically motivated, it contradicts every premise of the Paralympic movement and makes it clear and explicit to everyone that unfortunately double standards have become the norm for modern sports.

“The current situation is also clear for everyone: strong rivals, which the Russian team has always been and will be, are not needed today.

“The recommendations of the President of the International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach, lead to the degradation and collapse of the whole of world sport.

IPC President Andrew Parsons confirms athletes from Russia and Belarus have been banned from competing at the 2022 Paralympic Games after overturning their decision following an outcry from other competing nations

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IPC President Andrew Parsons confirms athletes from Russia and Belarus have been banned from competing at the 2022 Paralympic Games after overturning their decision following an outcry from other competing nations

IPC President Andrew Parsons confirms athletes from Russia and Belarus have been banned from competing at the 2022 Paralympic Games after overturning their decision following an outcry from other competing nations

“After receiving the decision of the IPC on the non-admission of the team to the Games, the RPC involved leading Russian and foreign law firms to carry out a legal review of the possibility for the RPC to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) and obtain a positive decision during the accelerated procedure.

“Unfortunately, article 2.9 of the Paralympic Games section of the IPC rules does not allow this. According to this article, the IPC “may, in its sole discretion, prohibit the participation of any athlete without giving reasons”. arbitration clause allowing the RPC to seize the CAS to resolve disputes.

“The RPC Executive Committee and the RPC Headquarters at the XIII Paralympic Games, which includes the Federation Presidents and Paralympic Winter Sports senior coaches, have decided to reserve the right to bring proceedings before the appropriate international and national courts when the The RPC considers this to be timely and necessary and requests the assistance and support of Disabled Peoples International and Rehabilitation International.

“The Russian Paralympic Committee and its athletes currently do not consider it possible or reasonable to stay in Beijing and plan to leave the capital of the Winter Games, the city of wonderful people, in the near future.

“The Russian team, the leadership of the Russian Paralympic Committee, the entire Russian Paralympic family sincerely thanks everyone who supports them in this difficult time.

“As well as the Beijing Games Organizing Committee and the Paralympics volunteers – even though our stay here was short-lived, thanks to them it has been as comfortable and positive as possible.

“Our team has been and remains committed to the principles of true Paralympicism, the purpose of which is to enable Paralympic athletes to achieve sporting excellence, to inspire and fascinate the world.”

The IPC placed in a “unique and impossible position”

In a statement on Thursday, IPC Chairman Andrew Parsons said: “At the IPC, we believe that sport and politics should not mix. Governments have an influence on our cherished event.

“The IPC is a membership-based organization, and we are receptive to the views of our member organisations.

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Andriy Shevchenko has sent a powerful message to the Russian people, urging them to play their part in ending the war

Andriy Shevchenko has sent a powerful message to the Russian people, urging them to play their part in ending the war

“When our members elected the Board of Directors in December 2021, it was to maintain and uphold the principles, values ​​and rules of the Paralympic movement. As Board members, it is a responsibility and a duty we take very seriously.

“In making our decision yesterday, we considered the long-term health and survival of the Paralympic Movement. We are extremely proud of the principles and values ​​that have made the movement what it is today.

“However, what is clear is that the rapidly escalating situation now puts us in a unique and impossible position so close to the start of the Games.

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“Over the past 12 hours an overwhelming number of members have been in touch with us and have been very open which I am grateful for. serious consequences for the Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games. Several NPCs, some of whom have been contacted by their governments, teams and athletes, are threatening not to compete.

“Ensuring the safety and security of athletes is of paramount importance to us and the situation in the athletes’ villages is worsening and has now become untenable.

“Above all, we have a duty, within the framework of the Paralympic mission, enshrined in the constitution, to guarantee and supervise the organization of successful Paralympic Games, to ensure that, in the sport practiced within the Paralympic Movement , the spirit of fair play prevails, violence is prohibited, the risk to the health of athletes is managed and fundamental ethical principles are respected.

“With this in mind, and in order to preserve the integrity of these Games and the safety of all participants, we have decided to refuse athlete entries from the RPC and NPC Belarus.”

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Andriy Shevchenko says his mother and sister are staying in Kyiv as the Ukrainian people continue to fight for their ‘freedom’

Andriy Shevchenko says his mother and sister are staying in Kyiv as the Ukrainian people continue to fight for their ‘freedom’

“To the para-athletes of the affected countries, we are truly 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 of primary concern to us. As a result of today’s decision, 83 para-athletes are directly impacted by this ruling.

“However, if the RPC and NPC Belarus stay here in Beijing, the nations will likely pull out. We probably won’t have viable Games. If that were to happen, the impact would be much wider.

“I hope and pray that we can return to a situation where the discourse and the focus is entirely on the power of sport to transform the lives of people with disabilities and the best of humanity.”

“IPC made the right decision”

UK Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries has welcomed the IPC’s review after expressing disappointment with the governing body’s initial stance and calling for a complete ban on Russian and Belarusian athletes.

“I am happy that the IPC has now made the right decision and heeded our call to ban Russian and Belarusian athletes in response to Putin’s barbaric and senseless invasion,” Dorries said.

“The welfare of all other athletes competing is of the utmost importance and we are delighted that the IPC recognizes this as well. The whole country will fully support our ParalympicsGB team at the Games.

“I will discuss the international sports response and other steps we can take to isolate the Russian regime with my international counterparts later today.”