The Kremlin today condemned the decision of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) to exclude Russian and Belarusian athletes from the Winter Paralympic Games in Beijing, calling it a “monstrous situation”.
“Of course, it is a monstrous situation. It is an embarrassment for the International Paralympic Committee. I can not say anything else“Russian presidential spokesman Dmitri Peskov said in his daily telephone press conference.
The IPC’s decision came today, the day after another meeting in Beijing decided that Russians and Belarusians would participate as neutrals in the Games.
“Yesterday they made a decision and today they adopt another”Peskov said in condemning the IPC’s actions against Russian and Belarusian Paralympic athletes.
According to the president of the IPC, the Brazilian Andrew Parsons, the change in the position of the Committee was due to the fact that a large number of countries threatened not to compete if Russian and Belarusian athletes participated.
“At the IPC we firmly believe that sport and politics should not mix. However, through no fault of our own, the war has now come to these Games and behind the scenes, many governments are influencing our cherished event. The IPC is a member-serving organization and we are receptive to feedback from our organizations,” Parson said.
The Beijing Winter Paralympics begin this Friday and will last until the 13th of this month.