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IBSA statement – Russia and Belarus

IBSA President Sandro Di Girolamo:

“With reference to the decisions issued by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), and on the basis of the official decisions made by other International Federations, we hereby inform our members that the IBSA Board has decided to suspend the national representatives of Russia and Belarus from all international events organised under the aegis of IBSA.

“It was a very difficult and painful decision because it is inevitably penalizing athletes who have no direct responsibility for the current international situation, but at the same time as having to provide political and strategic direction, we want to show our closeness to the Ukrainian people and to condemn all forms of violence and war. Clearly, we wish to reconsider this decision as soon the situation will allow it.”