Paralympics-IPC suspends Russian, Belarusian committees with immediate effect

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Paralympics-IPC suspends Russian, Belarusian

The International Paralympic Committee has suspended the National Paralympic Committees (NPCs) of Russia and Belarus with immediate effect on November 17, 2022, dashing the hopes of para-athletes competing in the 2024 Paralympics.

Important facts

  • Earlier athletes from both countries were barred from competing in the Beijing 2022 Winter Paralympics in March.

  • Russia's suspension was passed by 64 votes against 39 at the IPC's Extraordinary General Assembly in Berlin.

  • The suspension of the NPC of Belarus passed by 54 votes against 45.

  • Both NPCs have been suspended for "inability to comply with their membership obligations under the IPC constitution".

  • Due to the suspension, NPC Russia and NPC Belarus lose all rights and privileges of IPC membership, as per the IPC constitution.

  • The Russian team was also banned from the Rio Paralympics in 2016 over doping.

  • NPC Russia and NPC Belarus have the right to appeal against this decision.

About International Paralympic Committee

  • It was established on 22 September 1989 as an international non-profit organisation.

  • It is an athlete-centred organisation composed of an elected Governing Board, a Management Team and various Standing Committees and Councils.

  • Its objective is to enable Paralympic athletes to achieve sporting excellence and to inspire and excite the world.

  • Headquartered - Bonn, Germany

  • President - Andrew Parsons

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