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Belarusian Paralympic athlete ‘disappointed’ with IPC’s determination, suggests it truly is against org’s ‘code of ethics’


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Sviatlana Sakhanenka, the two-time Paralympic champion from Belarus, claimed she thought it was unfair for the Worldwide Paralympic Committee (IPC) to ban Belarusian and Russian athletes from the Paralympic Video games.

The skier gained gold in 2018 at the Pyeongchang Games in the 15-kilometer free of charge visually impaired and the 1.5-kilometer dash classical visually impaired and a bronze in the 6-kilometer visually impaired. When she assumed she was likely to be equipped to compete in the forthcoming video games, the IPC reversed system and barred Russian and Belarusian athletes from the video games.

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Sviatlana  Sakhanenka of Belarus celebrates with her guide Raman Yashchanka after winning the Cross-Country Skiing - W 1.5km Sprint Classic Final, Visually Impaired on day five of the Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Games on March 14, 2018, in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. 

Sviatlana  Sakhanenka of Belarus celebrates with her guidebook Raman Yashchanka after successful the Cross-State Skiing – W 1.5km Dash Classic Last, Visually Impaired on working day five of the Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Game titles on March 14, 2018, in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. 
(Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

“As for me, the final decision of IPC is not easy to understand and now I notice that I am absolutely defenseless as an athlete,” Sakhanenka advised Sky Athletics by means of a translator. “You know I have been training for four years and we basically comply with the principles of the IPC and its handbook and its code of ethics.

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“And we in fact assume that depriving us of the chance to compete in accordance to some political reasons, some political situation is not in compliance with the code of ethics of the IPC handbook.”

Russian and Belarusian athletes have been both barred from competitiveness or are currently being pressured to compete underneath neutral flags because of to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

“We just do our own work, we are just schooling and competing and we of training course are really significantly let down of the scenario mainly because all this politics actually interferes with our job,” she explained.

Gold medalist Sviatlana Sakhanenka (R) of Belarus celebrate with her guide Raman Yashchanka after the Women's 15km Free, Visually Impaired Cross Country event at Alpensia Biathlon Centre during day three of the Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Games on March 12, 2018, in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea.

Gold medalist Sviatlana Sakhanenka (R) of Belarus celebrate with her guide Raman Yashchanka immediately after the Women’s 15km Cost-free, Visually Impaired Cross State function at Alpensia Biathlon Centre for the duration of day three of the Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Games on March 12, 2018, in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea.
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“If we truly could change this political situation, if we just have this process, we will do our most effective, but unfortunately absolutely nothing depends on us essentially. This is a large tension for all the athletes and we are just afraid of our long run.”

The IPC introduced Thursday that Russian and Belarusian athletes will no more time be permitted to participate as protests from other nations are “jeopardizing the viability” of the Game titles. 

The IPC issued a news launch just just one day after confirming that athletes from Russia, who compete under the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC), and Belarus would be authorized to contend but not below their flag and would also not be incorporated in the official medal table. 

Sviatlana Sakhanenka of Belarus celebrates after winning the Cross-Country Skiing - W 1.5km Sprint Classic Final, Visually Impaired on day five of the Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Games on March 14, 2018, in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea.

Sviatlana Sakhanenka of Belarus celebrates soon after winning the Cross-Country Skiing – W 1.5km Dash Traditional Final, Visually Impaired on working day five of the Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Video games on March 14, 2018, in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea.
(Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Pictures)

“Many Countrywide Paralympic Committees (NPCs), groups and athletes now threatening not to compete, jeopardizing the viability of the Beijing 2022 Paralympic Wintertime Online games,” the news release read. “Predicament in the athlete villages is escalating and making sure the basic safety of athletes has come to be untenable.”

Russia condemned the IPC’s determination on Thursday, contacting it a “shame.”

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“The predicament is monstrous, of class. This is a disgrace for the International Paralympic Committee,” Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov stated, via Reuters. “We strongly condemn the International Paralympic Committee for this determination.”

WHD News’ Paulina Dedaj contributed to this report.

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