IPC Takes a Strong Decision Against the Russian Team at Beijing Winter Paralympics 2022 Due to Ongoing Global Crisis

While the European crisis continues to worsen, the Russian athletes worldwide continue to suffer the boycott at international events. After the rise in global tensions, Russian internationals are being excluded from several sporting events; be it soccer, chess, or even the Olympics.

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Notably, Russia received a ban from international football events by FIFA and UEFA, and then came the statement of the international chess governing body, FIDE, announcing their withdrawal from tournaments happening in Russia and suspending Russian Grand Masters from the international chess events.

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Now, as for the biggest sporting stage, a new decision has been taken by the International Paralympic Committee as well, regarding the Russian athletes taking part in the Beijing Winter Paralympics 2022.

Russian and Belarusian athletes banned from the Beijing Winter Paralympics 2022

Under serious criticism and the threats of boycott from other member countries, the IPC has reversed its decision of allowing Russian and Belarusian athletes to take part in the Beijing Winter Olympics 2022. The IPC president, Andrew Parsons, said, “In the last 12 hours an overwhelming number of members have been in touch with us and been very open, for which I am grateful. They have told us that if we do not reconsider our decision, it is now likely to have grave consequences for the Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games.”

 

“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 the athlete entries from RPC and NPC Belarus,” he added.

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Is this the right decision?

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Amidst the world criticism, the British Paralympic Authority and the UK government asked the IPC to rethink its decision of allowing the Russians and Belarusian athletes in the Paralympics. Now that the decision is reversed, the UK’s culture secretary, Nadine Dorries, said, “I am pleased that the IPC has now come to the right decision.” 

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The world’s criticism of the ongoing conflict is certainly having a serious impact on the Russian sports fraternity. However, it would be interesting to see how the Russian government reacts to the boycott of its athletes.

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