MINSK, 1 December – RIA Novosti. Pavel Evseenko, Deputy Permanent Representative of Belarus to the UN, said that the UN should consider the actions of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), which suspended the membership of the Belarusian Paralympic Committee.
In March, guided by the recommendations of the International Olympic Committee, the IPC suspended the participation of Russian and Belarusian athletes in the 2022 Paralympic Games. The Paralympic Games were held in Beijing from March 4-13. In November, the IPC suspended the membership of the Belarusian and Russian Paralympic Committees in the organization.
He recalled that at first the IPC “suspended, for political reasons, the participation of Belarusian athletes with disabilities from the Winter Paralympic Games in Beijing, and on 16 November the General Assembly of the International Paralympic Committee suspended Belarus’ membership in this structure.”
“This decision, taken by a minority of votes, is illegal, illogical and politically biased. Belarus has not violated a single paragraph of the International Paralympic Committee’s constitution,” Yevseenko said.
It seems particularly cynical that, in parallel with the suspension of Belarusian membership, the General Assembly of the International Paralympic Committee decided to amend the constitution of the organization, thereby “cleaning” any opportunity for participation in the international Paralympic movement. from “objectionable” countries.
“Those who initiate such decisions go to great lengths to punish states and their athletes for the sake of someone’s political ambitions,” the diplomat said.
He noted that “the politicization of international sports cooperation is contrary to the principles of friendly and civil relations between states, to the ideals and principles of sport, to the spirit and letter of the Olympic Charter.”
“The fact that sport is big politics is no secret to anyone. For some Western officials, sport has long been a means of satisfying their political ambitions and achieving selfish goals,” Evseenko said. said.
He assured that “Belarus will continue to support the humanist ideals and principles of Olympism.”
“Our Olympians and Paralympic athletes, no matter what, will continue to convince and inspire millions of people through their personal example in themselves and their strength. Sport with all concerned to strengthen its positive contribution to sustainable development and lasting peace,” he said.