Medal wins by Russian and Belarusian Paralympic athletes will not be reflected in the medal standings at the Paris games.

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Russian and Belarusian athletes who achieve podium positions in Paralympic events in Paris this year will not see their medal wins reflected on the official Games medals table, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) announced on Wednesday.

As a result of the IPC’s decision, Russian and Belarusian athletes will be designated as Neutral Paralympic Athletes (NPA) and will compete in uniforms devoid of any national colors. This ruling comes following the IPC’s vote against upholding a complete ban on these countries, which was originally imposed in the aftermath of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in 2022.

In an official statement, the IPC’s Governing Board declared that any medals earned by neutral athletes will not be counted on the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games medals table. Should a neutral athlete secure a gold medal, the Paralympic anthem will be played in place of the national anthem.

Furthermore, the use of national flags, including those of Russia and Belarus, and any other national symbols associated with the military will be strictly prohibited in the vicinity of any Paralympic Games venue. The national anthems of Russia and Belarus will not be performed during the Games.

In addition to these measures, neutral athletes will not participate in the opening ceremony march and will not have a designated flagbearer at the closing ceremony.

During the Olympics, Russian and Belarusian athletes who have been approved to compete as neutrals – following scrutiny by the governing bodies of individual sports and subsequent vetting overseen by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) – will be able to take part in the opening ceremony scheduled for July 26. This ceremony is planned as a procession of boats along the River Seine culminating at the iconic Eiffel Tower.

These athletes will undergo independent assessments to verify that they do not have affiliations with the military and have not supported the conflict in Ukraine, which Russia has termed a “special military operation.”

Belarus has notably served as a base for Russian military forces and equipment during the ongoing invasion of Ukraine.

The IPC’s stance on Russia has been notably stricter compared to that of the IOC. The Russian team faced exclusion from the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Paralympics due to the fallout from a scandal involving state-sanctioned doping and subsequent cover-ups. In contrast, the IOC permitted close to 300 Russian athletes to compete in the Rio Olympics.


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