Paralympic sanction for Belarussian who waved Russian flag

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RIO DE JANEIRO: The International Paralympic Committee said Thursday (Friday in Manila) it has stripped the accreditation of a Belarussian who waved a Russian flag at the opening ceremony, calling it a “political statement” after Russia’s doping ban. The IPC said it would also speak to the Belarussian Paralympic Committee to remind it that political displays are not allowed at the Olympic or Paralympic Games. The man in question was not an athlete but a friend of the Belarussian committee president who had been accredited to take part in the ceremony, said the IPC. The unidentified Belarussian man marched into Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana stadium at the back of the Belarus delegation during Wednesday night’s opening ceremony, brandishing Russia’s white, blue and red flag.

AFP

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