The right decision eventually, but the worrying aspect is that the International Paralympic Committee, (IPC), did not make this initially. While politics should be kept out of sport, this horrendous action by Russia onto Ukraine is much more than politics. As this actions goes against the word of previous Russian Governments, as on December 5, 1994 the leaders of Ukraine, Russia, Britain and the United States signed a memorandum to provide Ukraine with security assurances in connection with its accession to the NPT as a non-nuclear weapon state. The four parties signed the memorandum, containing a preamble and six paragraphs.
With the actions of Putin he has shown the World that Russian promises and signed agreements are not everlasting.
Putin has shown that the word of Russia should never be trusted and that in his Presidency Russia, or should we say Putin will bully anyone and will, most likely be guilty of committing ‘War Crimes’. He does not really want to take over, Ukraine, but to destroy it.
Athletes from Russia and Belarus will not be allowed to compete at the 2022 Winter Paralympics in Beijing after the International Paralympic Committee reversed its original decision.
The IPC was heavily criticised when, following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, it initially said it would allow the athletes to compete as neutrals.
A statement said the “situation in the athlete villages” was “untenable”.
The Games’ opening ceremony takes place on Friday.
IPC president Andrew Parsons said an “overwhelming number of members” had spoken to the IPC and said they would not compete in the Winter Paralympics should athletes from Russia and Belarus be allowed to take part.
Parsons described the Russian and Belarusian athletes affected as “victims of your governments’ actions”.
“We are very firm believers that sport and politics should not mix,” Parsons added.
https://emp.bbc.co.uk/emp/SMPj/2.44.13/iframe.htmlIPC made right decision in the end – Baroness Grey-Thompson
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