Belarusian booted from Paralympics for carrying Russian flag

Russian Paralympic Committee President Vladimir Lukin has expressed his gratitude to the Belarusian.

In a statement, the IPC said: "The IPC will be speaking to NPC Belarusto remind them political protests are forbidden at the Paralympic Games".

Russia was banned from this year's Paralympics after IPC said in August that it had obtained pieces of evidence showing that doping cases involving Russian Paralympians were of an state-sponsored nature and the Russian government was directly involved in the system.

President of the Belarusian Paralympic Committee Oleg Shepel earlier said that the Russian flag gesture at the opening ceremony, held on Wednesday at the Maracana Stadium here, was to express solidarity with the entire Russian Paralympic team, which was barred by IPC from taking part in the 2016 Rio Games.

Brazilian president Michel Temer was booed as the 2016 Paralympic Games opened in Rio de Janeiro.

"In this hard time he remembered about us and justice, and that politics should not interfere in sports competitions".

"We check all teams before they go out into the stadium at every single Games, so that flag was pretty well hidden on that person last night because all of Belarus team was searched before they went out and the flag was somewhere on the person that we didn't notice". "Still, I stress that it reflects the country's position, including that of the head of state and the president of the National Olympic Committee".

A total of 35 "disappearing positives" were found in Paralympic sport, according to the McLaren Report, between 2012 and 2015.

As a result, Russia has organized an alternative competition for its athletes in Moscow, while Russian broadcasters have decided not to air the Rio Paralympic Games.

The Briton also said the "medals over morals" attitude in the country "disgusts" me.

But the response in Russian Federation has been the opposite to that of the IPC.

Several appeals to get the ban overturned, including to the Court of Arbitration for Sport and the Swiss Federal Court, failed.

  • Steve Townsend