IPC bar Russian and Belarusian athletes from competing

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Russia and Belarus Athletes have been bar by International Paralympic committee from competing in the paralympic.

The International Paralympic committee have reversed their announcement that athletes from Russia and Belarus can compete under a neutral flag.

Athletes from Russia and Belarus have now been bar to compete in the Paralympics.

In a statement on Thursday morning, IPC president Andrew Parsons said: “In taking our decision yesterday, we were looking at the long-term health and survival of the Paralympic Movement. We are fiercely 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 has now put us in a unique and impossible position so close to the start of the Games. Yesterday we said we would continue to listen, and that is what we are doing.”

Parsons said 83 athletes would now be unable to compete, but the decision was taken because of the threat of widespread withdrawals from other countries as well as concerns about safety.

The situation in the athletes village, Parsons said, had “become untenable”.

Nadine Dorries has responded after the International Paralympic Committee decide not to allow Russian and Belarusian athletes to compete at Beijing Winter Paralympics.

“I am pleased that the IPC has now come to the right decision and answered our call to ban Russian and Belarus athletes in response to Putin’s barbaric, senseless invasion.

“The welfare of all the other competing athletes is of utmost importance and we are pleased the IPC also recognise that. The whole country will be fully behind our ParalympicsGB team at the Games.

“I will discuss the international sporting response and further measures we can take to isolate the Russian regime with my international counterparts later today.”

 

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