stunning reversal – Russian, Belarusian athletes out of Olympics

Faced with threats of withdrawals and growing animosity in the Athletes Village, organizers of the Winter Paralympics on Thursday reversed course and expelled athletes from Russia and Belarus.

The about-face came less than 24 hours after the International Paralympic Committee announced it would allow Russians and Belarusians to compete when the Games open on Friday, but only as neutral athletes with colours, flags and other national symbols removed because of the invasion of Ukraine. …

CBC

Russia will appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

While I feel awful for innocent athletes who qualified all the way up until Opening Ceremonies now being dropped, I probably would have voted the same way.

Military response risks nuclear war. Therefore those who do not support Russia invading other nations must protest in every other non-violent way. Putin loves sport and will certainly take this ban seriously.

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Rick Mc

Career gymnastics coach who loves the outdoors, and the internet.

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