Information about the removal of athletes from Russia and Belarus from participation in the 2022 Paralympics appeared on the official website of the department.
"Following a specially convened meeting, the Board of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has decided to deny the athletes of the Russian Paralympic Committee (RPC) and the National Paralympic Committee of Belarus (NPC Belarus) the application for participation in the 2022 Winter Paralympic Games in Beijing," the report says.
This decision was due to the fact that some teams began to express their unwillingness to participate in the Games if Russians and Belarussians were allowed to take part in them. one of the reasons was also the growing tension in the Olympic villages.
"This means that Paralympic athletes from these countries will no longer be eligible to compete in the Games, which will open on March 4, 2022," the IPC said in a release.
The day before, on March 2, the IPC was ready to admit Russian and Belarusian athletes to the Paralympics, provided that they compete in a neutral status. All the medals they won in the overall standings would not be taken into account.
Zoomboola.com wants to remind that on March 1, Apple Corporation has stopped deliveries of equipment to Russia. This decision was made in response to the Russian special operation in Ukraine. On February 24th Vladimir Putin announced the start of a special military operation in Ukraine.
On the 28th of February Russian and Ukrainian delegations had a meeting on the Ukrainian-Belarusian border near the Pripyat River to discuss the situation, but they didn't get any results yet.