The Worldwide Paralympic Committee introduced Thursday that Russian and Belarusian athletes is not going to be eligible to compete within the Beijing Video games — a reversal of a call made the day before today.
Going through stress from athletes and organizations concerned within the Video games following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the IPC determined to go a step additional than initially deliberate.
On Wednesday, the IPC stated the 71 athletes from Russia and 12 from Belarus would compete as impartial athletes and any medals they gained wouldn’t be counted within the medal desk.
That stance wasn’t robust sufficient for a number of teams, together with Hockey Canada, which put out a press release late Wednesday supporting the Canadian Paralympic Committee’s perception that Russia shouldn’t compete.
“Hockey Canada vehemently disagrees with the choice by the Worldwide Paralympic Committee to permit Russian and Belarusian athletes to compete within the 2022 Paralympics,” the assertion stated.
CBC’s Devin Heroux, who’s in Beijing, reported the Swiss and Norweigian curling groups had been discussing the potential for becoming a member of counterparts from Latvia and Korea in asserting they might not compete in opposition to Russian athletes.
Beneath the unique plan, as an alternative of competing below their dwelling nation’s flag, every of the athletes was to take action below the Paralympic flag, and they might have been ordered to cowl any flags or logos on their uniforms that recognized them as being from Russia or Belarus, which has supported the invasion.
The unique actions taken by the IPC’s govt board, which is chargeable for organizing the Video games, had been largely just like these already in place in opposition to Russia after its in depth state-sponsored doping scheme. Throughout the newest Winter Video games, athletes from Russia competed below the banner of ROC, representing the Russian Olympic Committee.
The IPC’s authentic ruling was much less extreme than these levied by different sports activities organizations this week. FIFA, the governing physique for soccer, and the Worldwide Ice Hockey Federation each suspended Russian groups till additional discover, whereas home leagues such because the NHL halted all enterprise relationships with Russian corporations.
FIFA, just like the IPC, went with a extra extreme ruling lower than 48 hours after opening the door for Russians to compete.
Twenty athletes from Ukraine are slated to compete within the Video games, which start Friday with the Opening Ceremony.