September 8th, 2016 – Fort Russ News –
– RT Russian – translated by J. Flores –
The International Paralympic Committee displays their unsurprising but nevertheless despicable sheer and unrepentant deference to the United States’ imperial whim. – ed
The IPC has cancelled the accreditation of the individual who carried the Russian flag as part of the Belarus delegation in the OC”, wrote the committee functionary in his Twitter.
The IPC has cancelled the accreditation of the individual who carried the Russian flag as part of the Belarus delegation in the OC #Rio2016
— Craig Spence (@craigspence) September 8, 2016
At the same time, according to TASS, spokesman Craig Spence of the IPC said in a press conference that sanctions against the Paralympics Committee of Belarus will not follow. Also, the IPC representative stressed several times that the man with the flag was “not an athlete and a coach,” so “to solve the problem was easier.”
The Russian tricolor was raised at the stadium by an employee of the Ministry of Sports and Tourism of Belarus, Andrei Fomochkin, RIA Novosti reported. At the same time Chairman of the Paralympic Committee of Belarus, Oleg Shepel, said that the decision to carry it at the opening ceremony of the Russian flag was a collective one, but it can not be regarded as a political action.
Earlier Shepel announced his support for the Russians removed from the competition.
The act of its citizens was supported officially by Minsk. The press service of the president of Belarus stated that Alexander Lukashenko has expressed his solidarity with the decision of the representative of the team.
The Russian side also expressed warm words to the member of the national team of Belarus. Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said he believes that this act is worthy of admiration.
Recall that on August 7th, according to the results of an independent commission report of the WADA, the International Paralympic Committee decided to exclude from participation in the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro the entire team of the Russian Federation. The Russian side appealed the disqualification in the Court of Arbitration for Sports in Lausanne, but on August 23rd the appeal was dismissed.
Support for the Russian athletes in the opening day of the Paralympic Games was expressed in Canada. In Montreal, residents gathered at the WADA headquarters to protest against the disqualification of Russians. According to activists, the collective punishment of the entire team is a political decision, which runs counter to international law.